Much of the tinplate toys trade was based in Nürnberg and companies such as Bing and Issmayer began production there in the 1860s.

There were three main methods of printing designs onto tinplate:

The range of tinplate toys was varied and included penny toys as well as more expensive lithographed die cast models.

Tin Toy value

What's it worth? Take a look at this Tin Toy price guide: sold listings for a value indication.

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Jen - March 24, 2019

Bamfords Auctioneers are set to launch the first auction in series of three offering the world famous collector Mike Stockwell's tinplate, toy and curios collection. In this auction we are selling over 300 lots from one of the most prolific collectors in the world of tinplate and toys. Included in this sale are tinplate, clockwork, friction and mechanical toys and in addition movie posters, curios and collectibles. Live bidding via and as well as in person at The Derby Saleroom The Sale is on view on Tuesday 2nd April from 9am until 6pm, on Wednesday 3rd April from 9am until 5pm and on the morning of sale from 9am. The sale will take place at our Derby saleroom, address as below.If you have any questions or require further images and condition details of any lots in the sale please don’t hesitate to contact us either via the website, this email or by telephone, we will be happy to assist you in any way we can!

Julie - April 22, 2018

I have a tin friction mouse that belonged to my father-in-law. It is gray in color and is in pristine condition. He got it in Germany during WWII. It is German and marked DRGM. I would like to know more about it and who made it. If I could send a photo, I'd do so, but I don't have a link. Thank you so much for any info you can give me.
►reply: Hi Julie, your mouse has a value of approx. 30-50 USD. Not sure who made it, did you have a look at the drgm page?

Carolyn - April 2, 2018

I’m looking for replacement arms and banjo for ham and Sam tin toy from 1921.
►reply: That won't be easy... Some companies make new parts, but finding original parts is very hard. Take a look at my Ferdinand Strauss toy page (I assume you have a Ferdinand Strauss toy), maybe you can find some parts there.

Paula - July 30, 2017

got a tin watering can with mickey an Minnie mouse on it, its red, with yellow flower decorations. a simaler one is in the national trust museum. any info?
►reply: You mean this one? They can fetch 100-200 USD. Here is another can.

Darbyreid - June 11, 2017

Has anyone got any information about the Animate Toy Cmpany? They were supposedly a small NYC based company in the early 1900's. I have a wind up fish I'd like to find out more about and can't find any information
►reply: Animate Toy Co. was probably established around 1915 and ceased production in the 1930s. That's all I know...

Staci - September 14, 2011

my mom has a wind-up, tin elephant holding a globe. how can I help her find out if it's worth anything?
►reply: Try and search for it in Google images