Thursday, April 30, 2015

U.S. Metal Toy Forty Niners Covered Wagon

So far we've posted these U.S. Metal Toy Mfg Co covered wagons with 'California Trail, 'Chisholm Trail', and 'Davy Crockett' markings. Now we've got one lettered for the 'Forty Niners'. It seems U.S. Metal Toy tried to cover all the standard Old West themes when they made these. They also made made a tin-litho stagecoach which I'll post one day. 

A few points about collecting these things: far too often the horses and hitch are missing. I've been buying some off-&-on over the past year or so but haven't photographed the wagons with them yet; also, the wheels are very often broken or the wrong ones were put on the wagon by someone trying to make the thing complete. Over the years I've ended up with a stable of rusted out bodies that I stripped of their horses or wheels. The wagons consist of two tin-litho stamping's, the cover-and -sides, and the bed. The beds and the wheels came in various colors making collecting interesting trying to find as many variations as possible. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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