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About Knickerbocker Toys

You don't have to be a native New Yorker to appreciate Knickerbocker toys. When it comes to antique toys, the name appeals a specific niche of doll collectors. The company started in the mid-1800s in New York, getting its name from baggy trousers originally worn by Dutch settlers in the area. In the 1930's, Knickerbocker dolls included Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and other early Disney characters. They also produced non-characters dolls and teddy bears, which were soft and machine-washable. The bears sport one of three distinctive Knickerbocker tags; the tags vary depending on the year. Knickerbocker stopped production in the late 1980s, locking their toys into the "collectible" category. Most dolls use cloth and vinyl, though some have composition pieces. When looking for vintage Knickerbocker toys on eBay, check the listing for details on the production and condition of the item. While Knickerbocker toys are collectible, many are not high-cost antiques. Pick up a piece of history that is unique, interesting, and distinctive by adding Knickerbocker toys to your vintage collection.