China began to produce tin toys in the early 20's. They were primitive and poorly made. After the decline of Japanese tin toy manufacturing, China assumed the role of the leading tin toy maker in the world. Early Chinese toys were noted for their cheap prices, which often reflected in their quality. Nowadays they are made to a much higher standard, yet retain the edge of being very affordable.

China produces a very wide range of reproduction tin toys with new ones being continually introduced to the market each year.

Chinese value and price guide

What's your 'Chinese' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Canada):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Zitan Dragon Cabinet 18 19th Century 04/2019 C $114 048.25
Tibetan Natural Red Coral Necklace Beads 06/2019 C $78 652.66
Le Tonkin Sino French War Edouard 06/2019 C $39 325.67
Extraordinary 19th Century Foo Lions 06/2019 C $26 217.99
Hardstone Carvings Jade Cong Archaic 04/2019 C $26 349.08
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Margaret - March 9, 2019

Dear Person I'm from UK and I'm looking everywhere for vintage 1960 s Peoples republic Chinese Doll in origional outfit about 14 I lost the bid on last one on Ebay. Where can I purchase one thanks. Margaret.
►reply: Sorry to hear you lost the bid... Maybe take a look on this page for Chinese dolls.