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Don’t miss the June 2022 issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine June 2022 :

Antique Toy World is the leading publication for toy collectors worldwide.

Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

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Antico mondo 93th Toy Auction 10 till 11- june 2022

The brandnew catalog of the 93th Toy Auction is online!

More than 1900 lots of Tin Toys, Trains, Figures, Model Cars as well as historical Advertising will be auctioned and this time with tree Martin / Vebe toys

Lot number : 6027- 6661- 6028

6027 – La Blanchisseuse Martin number 171
6028 – Le Faucheur Martin number 170
6661 – Le Ramier Martin number 251

This is a room bidding but you can also take part in the online bidding via Liveauctioneers, lot-tissimo or the-saleroom, live via telephone or register your written predids.

See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/objekte?aid=42&Lstatus=0

We hope you enjoy reading and browsing through the new catalog!

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these tree toys.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Victor Bonnet: Le Clown Orchestre Number 253

Produced from about 1927
Brass nameplate between the legs

Operation:
With 5 keys you can operate one of the legs, arms or head per key, when you press a key a bell will sound.
The toy is made of tinplate, wood for the base and the back, paper, fabric and brass for the bells and the nameplate.
The height is about 25 cm

If you want to buy one, please note the following:
the basic color is blue, factory applied and not (hand) painted.
pay close attention to the clothing that has been replaced very often
around the neck is a piece of lace fabric
there should be a pointed hat on the head
also pay attention to the hand-painted face, the applied accents are applied quickly and tightly, with over-painted faces this is usually “vibrating”
the bells are made of brass
the wooden base and the back have a brown/red color
under the keys and under the feet is a decorated paper ( in a few differend designs )

Toy makers needed new designs every time to produce.
Many of these designs came from the direct living environment of the makers.
Now I think the idea for this Victor Bonnet’s clown came from earlier toys produced because, I have found several earlyer examples from that time of toys that are very similar but produced by other toy makers.
See some examples here:

Courtesy Auction Team Breker
left figure is by Decamps around 1895, the right figure maker unknown around 1910 Source: the book “Faszinierende Welt der Automaten” from Annette Beyer 1983

Thanks for the help from publishing house Callwey München and from the toy museum Soltau Germany

Question !!! La Perruche 1882

I saw this rare Martin on Ebay France recently.
He also disappeared very quickly.
Who knows where it is and could send some more pictures of it.
I want to write an article about this.

J’ai vu ce rare Martin sur Ebay France récemment.
Il a également disparu très rapidement.
Qui sait où il se trouve et pourrait envoyer d’autres photos de celui-ci.
Je veux écrire un article à ce sujet.

Mail: cor@vanschaijk.com

Auctionhouse DE ZWAAN, the auction on mai 18- 2022 with one Fernand Martin toy

Auctionhouse ‘de Zwaan’ is the oldest and only remaining auction house in the center of Amsterdam. The history begins in 1818 when a number of auctioneers auctioned household effects in several buildings on the Singel. This complex of buildings was known as ‘De Zwaan’, named after the brewery that was located there from 1578 to 1790. At the end of the 19th century, the auction building proved to be such a success that it had to expand, first with a few houses in the Spuistraat and in 1913 with the move to the stately building on the Keizersgracht, no 474, a former merchant’s house from around 1675.

In this auction is one Fernand Martin toy, but there are much more other beautiful antique toys to see in this auction

Lot number 1407 (Courtesy De Zwaan auctions)

For the complete overview, Auction terms & Info, Shipping & Payment look at this site: https://catalogus.dezwaan.nl/auction

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these Martins.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Bertoia Auction “Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys on the next Anual Spring Auction May 19-20, 2022”

Our Annual Spring sale will feature a myriad of cross collectible categories ranging from toys to banks, advertising to ephemera, trains to pressed steel, wind-ups and more. Highlights include a large Coca Cola collection, a huge array of tin wind-ups & penny toys, and a select grouping of toy soldiers. Featured collections by Ray Burgess, Kent Woloson, and Edward Lotz.

This time with 4 Martin and Victor Bonnet toys up for auction, some of which are very rare! Watch the catalog with this link: https://www.bertoiaauctions.com/toy-auctions/annual-spring-auction-may-2022/

The Bertoia team is dedicated to offering our quality customer service, experience and support.
Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with registration, bidding or any other questions.

For the complete overview, Auction terms & Info, Shipping & Payment look at this site: http://www.bertoiaauctions.com/

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these Martins.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Part three -Les Joujoux

This is part three of a series of five, a free translation of a part of the book LES JOUJOUX written by Mr. Pierre Calmettes in 1924.

If you haven’t read part one or two yet, click this link(s):

The fabrics are cut with a small mold cutter and the sleeves of the suits are not sewn together, to simplify the work they make tubes of fabric several meters long, we make meters and meters of them, and when they costume connected they are first cut into pieces and use, they are cut in a few seconds to the size of the arms to be covered.

The mechanical figures are dressed so quickly that the eye can hardly follow them in the hands of the seamstresses; they take them naked to the left and they go to the right covered with their pants and their jacket, or their dress and their bodice.

Provided the clothes hold up, we don’t look at the size of these points.

Neat stitching would not match the relative durability of this toy.

These mechanical toys must be popular toys, it is by their final appearance that they are funny and precious, by their gestures, by their attitude and it makes little difference whether their resource has an intrinsic value or not.

The brown bear “L’ Ours Martin” version with the lacquered head made in the George Flersheim period.

Whether these dolls represent a clown walking on hands, a firefighter climbing a ladder, a pianist beating a piano, a violinist playing his violin, or a carpenter sawing wood, they are all dressed in coarse fabrics hastily put together.

But when they indulge in their debauchery, these automata are fun and picturesque, they have everything you need to please kids, and if they were luxuriously dressed it might be much less fun for the children.

In addition, the simplification of their costumes allows for the most unexpected transformations of the same articulated carcasses.

By changing the uniform of a French police officer into an English police officer.

We turn an American shoe shiner into a Parisian shoe shiner, the soldiers dress, according to the orders, with all the allied uniforms and with the same skeleton we can also make other effects, you could turn them into for example an African singer, a soldier Annamite (a soldier from Vietnam), an Eskimo or Indian.

The clothes, the color of the skin and the hair are different, but the gears that drive them are the same.

And what also does not differ is the number of operations that have to be performed, one after the other, to convert the iron sheets taken from the rolling mills into moving toys.

The pianist

One of the most complicated subjects prepared in the Martin workshops is the pianist, hairy and suitably dressed, he strikes his piano with a tempo worthy of the composers Bauer, Pugno or Paderewski.

Sixty-two parts are needed for the assembly and it goes through two hundred and twenty hands before it is finished.

The cop (les Agents) with the white bat, which was topical a few years ago, claimed the care of one hundred and twenty-seven hands, engaged in one hundred and twenty-seven consecutive operations or steps.

We followed this cop on our first walk through the factory, we saw it go into the steam cutters with the iron blades at the entrance and we saw it come out of the shop, locked in beautiful cardboard boxes, colored in blue and red, the colors of the city of Paris.

The cop is out of fashion, but figures are still being made in the factory that resemble it anatomically. They are simply dressed in different costumes and given newer names.

To us, the amiable director of the workshops was kind enough to let us follow through the sequence of operations of this good cop who has occasionally become a faithful guardian of our Parisian streets.

The torsos and heads are punched into two parts after cutting, which will meet during assembly.

These pieces are cut from pieces of black iron for the torsos and copper for the heads.

After stamping, a special machine evens out the burrs, drills the holes for mounting the body on the legs, the mechanism in the body and the head above the mechanism.

This consists of springs, gears, a regulating exhaust and two “cranks”. These “crutches” are one of the inventor’s finds.

They make the cop move according to the immutable rules of military marching, that is, by jerky gestures.

It is these “crutches” that, lifted in turn by the engine and leaning on the ground, push the body forward, the body is in balance.

Assembled, the little cop has a good set up.

The gears are carefully oiled and then checked successively by the clockwork makers and experts. These allow only the toys with perfect movement and balance to the go dyeing.

Accepted by the review committee, the agents are brought in trays of fifty for the workers who paint two hundred a day.

This Les Agent (The Cop) you can see in the Toy Museum in Soltau Germany

An cop uniform consists of: trousers, a tunic, a cape and a cap.

We dress the figures in batches of fifty.

Regular clothing requires the use of a foot of fabric, cut into three parts, which fit together with wide seams.

The three buttons and the decorations on the jacket, cut from silver paper, are attached to the jacket by the glue machines.

It is also they who put the black paper belt and add the gold paper buckle.

The cap, stamped at the same time as the head, in the same piece of metal, is colored black, red and white.

To complete the uniform, all you need to do is glue a cardboard hand to the bottom of the left sleeve that floats, without a metal arm. to be completed in one hour. When fully clothed, the cops are sent back to the controlling keywind clockwork makers.

Read next time further in part 4

Results of the Fernand Martin/ Victor Bonnet toys in the:

“JOUETS DE COLLECTION” Galerie de Chartres auction on April 23 – 2022

The French auction house: Galerie de Chartres has this time a few nice Fernand Martin/Victor Bonnet toys in the “LIVE” auction on April 23 -2022.
Furthermore, there are many more other beautiful toys in this auction that we can look for.

GALERIE DE CHARTRES

Here the link for the entire collection to be auctioned: https://www.interencheres.com/meubles-objets-art/jouets-de-collection-302016/

FOR MORE INFORMATIONS E-MAIL TO : chartres@galeriedechartres.com

These prices are in € (Euro) and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Number 172 and 172 ???

Looking through Martin’s old catalogs I found that Martin numbered two different toys identically.
They are the “Le Pochard” and the “Le Balayeur”
Both got the same number 172, (see the box label and the catalog image) .
In the book by Frédéric Marchand they are also mentioned on pages 58 and 102 with number 172 but in the book by Lourens Bas with numbers 172 and 176.

Box label
Catalog image
catalog image (no box label found till now, when someone has a box label! let me know)

Here an overview of the numbers between 172 and 179
The list of toy numbers from the Le Pochard to the Bamboula that have been confirmed so far by box labels and or catalog images:
Le Pochard 172
Le Balayeur 172
L’Homme de corvée 173
……. 174
Le Gentleman Khaki 175
……. 176
Le Chinois 177
L’Agent de Police 178
Bamboula 179

So there are two numbers that are unknown and there is 1 toy de: Le Vaillant Boer who does not yet have a definitive number and must fit in the previous number series, so number 174 or 176 are available, one of these two is for the Le Vaillant Boer but which toy is the remaining number ????

See what you can read in the May issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine:

Don’t miss the May 2022 issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine May 2022 :

Antique Toy World is the leading publication for toy collectors worldwide.

Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

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Email: ads@antiquetoyworld.com

“JOUETS DE COLLECTION” Galerie de Chartres auction on April 23 – 2022

The French auction house: Galerie de Chartres has this time a few nice Fernand Martin/Victor Bonnet toys in the “LIVE” auction on April 23 -2022.
Furthermore, there are many more other beautiful toys in this auction that we can look for.

Auction numbers: 225-226-227-228

GALERIE DE CHARTRES

Here the link for the entire collection to be auctioned: https://www.interencheres.com/meubles-objets-art/jouets-de-collection-302016/

FOR MORE INFORMATIONS E-MAIL TO : chartres@galeriedechartres.com

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these Martin’s

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Le jouet de pécheur à la ligne – The toy fisher with a line.

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1892 about a tin fisherman made by Martin.
This nice piece is put in motion by the well-known Martin “rubber band” method, the winding is done by the winding handle at the front of the boat, under the boat is the “rubber band” that goes to the movement mechanism.
It was first made in 1892
length approx 22cm ( 8,66 inch)
Fernand Martin number 120

Courtesy Bertoia Auctions
From the magazine La Nature 1892, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

The free translation of the above text :

Le jouet de pécheur à la ligne
Dressed in white canvas and wearing, as it should be, the classic wide-brimmed straw hat, he is standing at the front of his boat, the little fisherman on the line; he holds in one hand his net which is beginning to be well filled; on the other, he maneuvers his line, at the end of which, when he withdraws it, we see a brightly colored fish wriggling.
The fishing is good, it works every time!
This toy is due to Mr. F. Martin, the well-known Parisian manufacturer of which we have already presented several creations to the readers of La Nature.
We find there the cachet of originality which already distinguished Ies other toys of this inventor.
Here again, it is the twisted rubber band which gives movement to the two drive wheels placed at the front of the boat.
One of them actuates, by means of a connecting rod, a horizontal cross member to which it gives an oscillating movement which is transmitted to the fisherman, the other carries on its outer face a metal blade contoured in a spiral and playing the role of cam.
This very simple set is enough to give the character the movement of a true fisherman in the exercise of his functions.
The one of the legs is welded to a vertical socket which oscillates and allows the fisherman to turn back and forth to follow with his eye his line which descends the stream, then, once straightened, to bring back strongly the line in front.
The socket is crossed by a vertical rod which rests at the bottom on the cam and hooks at the top to the back of the bust of the character articulated at the top of the legs, and which is straightened by the effect of the counterweight in the form of a net with fish he is holding in his hand when the cam stops acting on the vertical rod.
A longer explanation of the mechanism would be tedious.
It is with the help of this simple arrangement that we see our fisherman, first camped upright, turn forwards and backwards to cast his line, lean while turning back and forth to do not lose sight of it as it descends the stream, then stand up abruptly to remove the line from the water and the fish that has just taken it each of these movements is executed with a natural so perfect that it recalls a real scene of angling, seen through the big end of the telescope.
The fisherman’s toy can be found at M. Martin’s, 90, boulevard Menilmontant, in Paris.

Part two – Les Joujoux

This is part two of a series of five, a free translation of a part of the book LES JOUJOUX written by Mr. Pierre Calmettes in 1924.

If you haven’t read part one yet, click this link:

These workers are also responsible for preparing the feet, lead feet, on which are attached the iron wires, which in the automata replace the femur, tibia and fibula.

These feet are heavy enough to keep the loopers in balance.

A wire of the same diameter is used to make the arms, skeletal arms, at the end of which the hands are welded.

The two halves of the torso, chest, abdomen and shoulders are joined together by small tongues and discs.

This forms the rib cage in which the engine will be embedded.

The engine is the soul of the machine.

Whether it’s a city cop, a clown, a lady with a broom or a firefighter, they’re all the same cogs.

These gears consist of ground iron and red copper gears, fused yellow copper pinions and steel pivots.

It is a steel spring sometimes 30 centimeters long and till 10 millimeters wide, which transmits the movement to the gears.

These act on the pinions, which turn other gears, and these make the machines spin or jump. It is understandable that expert employees are responsible for assembling the motors.

These engines must be flawless.

Shouldn’t the key that locks the spring go into the most ruthless of all hands, those of children?

And it was necessary to foresee, for the creation of an automaton mechanism, that it will be handled with incompetence, bent crookedly and thrown to the ground.

In fact, it needs to be fixed with special care so that it can function more than twice between the clumsy fingers of their little owners.

But the way they are designed, they are very strong, even the most complicated ones, the ones with eight or ten gears.

With a few details, it’s the same springs, the same gears and the same pinions that drive all models, made by the factory and running, tapping, pulling, driving, pushing, playing, rolling, mowing, sweeping, pumping, sawing, etc.

Once adjusted, tested, checked, accepted by the supervisors, the engines are prepared for assembly.

Mechanics connect the heads, hands, legs, arms, feet and all the parts that make up the figure.

Before dressing

The fitters are equipped with a small anvil, a hammer, a punch and pliers.

With dexterity they insert the legs into the indentations, fold these legs backwards and thus connect firmly and quickly with the skeleton, the half torso and the head to the neck.

After all their pieces come together, the automata present themselves to you so strangely lanky that they present you to the aliens of HG Wells (This is a reference to the science fiction novel: “The war of the worlds” by HG Wells) remind.

Their legs and their arms of wire, attached to a torso resembling an armor, their heads and their hands, blackened by stamping, form an ugly and incomprehensible whole, whose resemblance to the monstrous machines of the English writer is complete, when the engine starts and we see the feet go up alternately, carried by gaunt legs, pushing them forward, by stiff and jerky movements, a black box surmounted by a head that turns right and left, without one’s face from the skull, beneath the layer of dirt that covers it.

Children who love to play with this toy would never appreciate seeing it during assembly.

In fact, it is likely that they would categorically refuse to take such a strange object in their hands.

In the painting and dressing room, the transformation from an ugly mechanism into a beautiful toy takes place.

The women, who only populate the painting studio, share the work.

In the past, each of them treated only one color and one part of the figure.

And this little figure traveled from one to the other.

After dressing and painting

The first had pink on the head and on the hands; a second painted the mouth with carmine, another created the visual part with blue and black, another applied black varnish to the feet, to put the old man on a nice pair of pumps.

Today the work is simplified; all uniform colors are applied to the figures with an airbrush and only the details of the heads or the costumes are still colored by hand.

The wig is made simply with a layer of glue on the skull and felt scraps as hairs on the glue.

As it stands, the mechanical toy has taken on color and hair, but his body is still a skeleton.

He must be dressed, an operation that will take place once the shades of pink, black, blue, brown, white or red it is covered with will be dried.

The costumes with which we dress the vending machines have only a very distant relationship with clothes that adorn the ordinary dolls or the luxury dolls.

Even the simplest ordinary dolls have a more beautiful toilet, we cannot compare them with those of the mechanical toys from Martin’s factory.

The making of these dresses are done by ladies or girls. If you have spent a moment in the workshop area of ​​the factory dedicated to the clothing, you will understand why the dresses of the expensive luxury dolls are better cut and put together than those of the vending machines figurines

As an economic factor, here only the speed count. the workers have to work very fast.

Without realizing it, they applied the theories of the Taylor method. (Frederick Taylor was an American mechanical engineer who contributed to the theory of workshop organization (Taylorism)

The seams are then often replaced by a brush stroke with glue.

All useless gestures are suppressed, all superfluous things left out, such as sometimes sewing with thread and needle.

It’s faster and it’s much sturdier.

>>>>END OF PART TWO OF FIVE<<<<

Result Martin toy in the New Haven Auctions April 03, 2022

Antiques from Estates & Collections

Americana from the collection of Bill Kelly, David Good and others. Antiques and artwork from local estates and collections.

Important carved Bernier Peacock, several weathervanes including a rare Arabian horse weathervane, Folk art carvings, two important ancient Roman Dolia, rare Suel Dodge New Hampshire Dressing table, rare 18th cupboard with original paint-decoration, fine knuckle arm Windsor, New Hampshire bandy-leg six drawer chest, folk art female trade figure, painted boxes, Prior portrait of a lady, full length portrait of a boy with red wagon, Shenandoah Valley Still life, needlework samplers, Stoneware, mid-century modern, including Wenger, Saarinen, Van Koert, An Original Warhol Golden Mushroom Silk Screen. Garden antiques including a fine pair of cast iron lions , Tiffany lamps, Early silver, Oriental carpets, Toys including Rare Chief Big Moon Mechanical Bank, Bear Mechanical bank, Rare German bears sand toy, dolls and more.

IN THIS AUCTION IS ONE TOY FROM FERNAND MARTIN.

Fernand Martin windup performing bear with pole. Original box. Circa. 1900 – 1910. Condition: H 7-3/8″ W 5-3/8″ W 4-1/2″ Box H 4-1/4″ W 4-1/4″ L 7-1/2″

LOT NUMBER 0787. RESULT $ 950

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Always check the auction site for the results.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

The Firefighter- Le Pompier a L’échelle, an overview of the differences.

Martin has produced many different figures.
The toy which was a great success was produced over a long period of time and Martin’s successors; George Flersheim and Victor Bonnet have also continued to produce these successes with sometimes minor or larger adjustments and changes.
The changes resulted from improved production methods, the pressure to produce cheaper, changes in “fashion” such as clothing but also, as in this example, the helmet and the keys.

Dipping and drying of the three-part “Martin” ladder in 1905

Overvieuw:

1) First released by Martin in 1904 with the number 197.
2) Flersheim reproduced the same Martin 1904 model in 1912, he only changed the type of key.
3) But later Flersheim modernized, between 1912 and 1915, the head and a different “modern” helmet model.
4) Victor Bonnet reproduced the Flersheim fireman again in 1919, he only changed the key to a Victor Bonnet model and he got a completely different ladder, this ladder was a freestanding model and consisted of 3 separate components, one component is the three parts ladder and the other two components are the separate parts for the behind standard, this standard is attached to the ladder at the top and attached to each other in the middle and to the three parts ladder with a small tube.
5) Later the victor Bonnet model got a start/stop handle on the back, these are quite rare.

You see the differences are sometimes small.  

Left model by Martin 1904 Right Martin model released by Flersheim 1912

-left- MARTIN : three-part ladder and a low back of the helmet and a clockwork with Martin key.
-right- FLERSHEIM : three-part ladder and a low back of the helmet and a clockwork with Flersheim key.

Left Flersheim model 1912/13 Right Flersheim model but released by Victor Bonnet 1919

-left- FLERSHEIM : the same three-part ladder but now with a different model head and modern model helmet, the clockwork get a typical Flersheim key.  
-right- VICTOR BONNET : a different freestanding ladder and a clockwork with the Victor Bonnet model key. (see detail), the VICTOR BONNET model gets a another box.

Box used by Martin and Flersheim Box used by Bonnet
Victor Bonnet model with the freestanding ladder and a start/stop handle on the back.
courtesy of Bertoia Auctions

See what you can read in the April issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine:

Don’t miss the April 2022 issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine April 2022 :

Antique Toy World is the leading publication for toy collectors worldwide.

Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

To subscribe go to https://antiquetoyworld.com/about-atw/
Email: ads@antiquetoyworld.com

Antique toys on a short film

This film you can see a part of the Jac Remise tintoys collection, this film is made in 1970 with beautiful toys. Jac Remise is Frenchman and the author of many toy articles and books

Titel of this film: 1970 Periodista Televisión Francesa Coleccionista Juguetes Jac Remise collection anciens jouets and made by RETROCLIPS

Retroclips is a channel dedicated to collecting “retro” videos to refresh our memories. If we do not look at the past as it was seen in its time, we can end up seeing it to the taste of the dominant powers in the present.

More films about old toys??

Last two months I published two other beautiful films, haven’t seen it yet? then click on these links:

New Haven Auctions April 03, 2022

Antiques from Estates & Collections

Americana from the collection of Bill Kelly, David Good and others. Antiques and artwork from local estates and collections.

Important carved Bernier Peacock, several weathervanes including a rare Arabian horse weathervane, Folk art carvings, two important ancient Roman Dolia, rare Suel Dodge New Hampshire Dressing table, rare 18th cupboard with original paint-decoration, fine knuckle arm Windsor, New Hampshire bandy-leg six drawer chest, folk art female trade figure, painted boxes, Prior portrait of a lady, full length portrait of a boy with red wagon, Shenandoah Valley Still life, needlework samplers, Stoneware, mid-century modern, including Wenger, Saarinen, Van Koert, An Original Warhol Golden Mushroom Silk Screen. Garden antiques including a fine pair of cast iron lions , Tiffany lamps, Early silver, Oriental carpets, Toys including Rare Chief Big Moon Mechanical Bank, Bear Mechanical bank, Rare German bears sand toy, dolls and more.

IN THIS AUCTION IS ONE TOY FROM FERNAND MARTIN.

Fernand Martin windup performing bear with pole. Original box. Circa. 1900 – 1910. Condition: H 7-3/8″ W 5-3/8″ W 4-1/2″ Box H 4-1/4″ W 4-1/4″ L 7-1/2″

LOT NUMBER 0787

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After the auction, I will publish the realized price for this toy.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Part one – Les Joujoux

This is a free translation of part of the book LES JOUJOUX written by Mr. Pierre Calmettes in 1924, he was a painter and man of letters, he wrote a number of books, one of which was about toys, he was not a real toy connoisseur and in his book there are several statements that are not entirely in line with the facts as we now know them, I have tried to adjust that as much as possible in this translation.

It describes the production of the Fernand Martin toys and it follows a toy, the “Les Agents”, from the very beginning to the finished product.

He also discusses the great sales success and the how’s and whys of the later slump in toy sales. Some texts have been adapted or provided with small additions to clarify the text.

The original text in the book LES JOUJOUX is in French.

This article will be published in 5 episodes

THE PRODUCTION OF TOY MECHANICAL TOYS

Not all metal toys, like the ones we’ve researched, are simple tin bits, cut, stamped, stapled and painted.

There are other toys, the manufacture of which is more complicated and better cared for, which break less easily, and which are preserved even as amusing trinkets; those are the mechanical toys.

When we see them maneuvering and when we see their low price, it seems that these animated toys should be easy to manufacture and devoid of technical difficulties and make those other trinket productions random and narrative.

But when we set ourselves the task of studying their preparation, we find that their manufacture requires patience, research, great ingenuity, the construction of machines, the building of huge factories, and above all the assembly of great capital, In the factories dedicated to toys, we can visit the workshops reserved for ordinary metal toys, in addition, there are the workshops dedicated to toys made of wood, paper or cardboard.

On the contrary, the manufacture of metal mechanical toys is completely occupied by workshops that only deal with these automata toys.

The simplification of the work here is the essential factor for its multiplication.

The workers who work in these workshops always make the same pieces from the same toys.

Some take care of the cutting, others assembling, adjusting, painting or dressing.

This drawing is made by the writer Pierre Calmettes

The toys they make are generally current toys, toys that have to be designed and built in a few days and the construction of which has to use all known industrial resources, mechanics and manuals.

We have all seen, whether on the shelves of the shops or on a Parisian sidewalk presented by the street vendors, these small articulate figures, popular for the diversity they represent and for their selling prices.

The mechanisms that power them are remarkably ingenious, they transmit movements to these toys that imitate people’s gestures so well that we can’t watch them without laughing.

In writing this story about these toys, let’s introduce the reader to the father of these little automata, Mr. Fernand Martin. We thus give a sufficient description, so that we no longer have to worry about their anatomy, the preparation and reunification of the parts that make up the elements.

In Paris, where this toy was born, there is an imposing factory on the old boulevard de Ménilmontant.

When we visited it recently, we remembered our first meeting with the inventor of these automata, which is quite a few years ago at the time of the first Lépine competition in 1901.

This Martin factory had already been founded in 1880 and at our first met all the global success it deserved.

The first toy of Fernand Martin – You can see this fish in the: Toy Museum Soltau in Germany

After his retirement and later his death in 1919, Mr. Fernand Martin left the factory and its inventions to his successors,  so as Mr. Bonnet , with the dual task of running it and expanding it further.

The visit to this factory is very exciting and for those who are interested in toys and want to know the why and the how, they will be able to study the operation of the machines in the workshops.

More sophisticated cutters, punches, mechanics of all sizes and tools of various shapes for the most numerous operations, have to be operated by the skilled hands of workers, and they are entrusted to these workers. all small actions that require the care and patience of the performers.

The workers also all have their own tasks such as welding, melting lead for certain parts and preparing the engines.

When we make a selection of the work that these workers do in the Martin factory, we discover that these automata are built on the basis of anatomical principles and very simple shapes such as the iron frame.

This frame contains the winding spring and the gears of the mechanism.

The frame is topped by a head stamped and painted in brass and placed on wire legs, the arms are also made of wire, the hands and feet are made of iron and lead.

Fabrication is sometimes even simplified by removing the arms and simply gluing a cardboard hand to the end of the floating sleeve.

But before you are interested in assembling the small vending machines, you must first attend the preparation of all the parts,

it starts from the receipt of the raw material on arrival at the factory, its distribution to the different workshops.

The raw material, or rather the raw materials used here are tinplate and black iron, lead, antimony, copper and brass, steel, nickel, silver, the felt, cardboard, paper and various paints.

One of the first operations consists of rolling the black iron, to bring them to the reduced thickness that allows them to be cut.

These are workers who feed the metal sheets under the blades of the rollers and then under the shears that cut them into pieces.

These pieces are the base, they are punched/cut according to the shapes indicated by the model.

The scissors punch/cut hundreds and hundreds of them, on which we can already see the presence of notches or iron tongues, which, by their presence, will allow the solid and rapid assembly of all fragments of ‘automatics’.

When leaving the cutting workshop, the parts go to the stamping workshop.

They all fall into machines that bend, pierce, shape the piece of iron and do in a minute the work that would take at least an hour of manual labor.

The back of a head welded togehter

We stamp the bodies and heads in two parts, the hands with a single wave of the garland and all these pieces are thrown into baskets while waiting to be used.

The pieces of the head are taken to the welders who will put them together two by two, adding the skull to the face.

Read next time further in part 2.

RESULT: RSL Crème de la Crème Twenty Twenty-Two Auction Mar 05, 2022

IN THIS AUCTION WAS ONE VICTOR BONNET TOY

Result $850

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I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Result Martin toys in the Public Sale Auction House. Wander/Luster Auction Mar 05, 2022

The Public Sale Auction House from Hudson, NY is very pleased to announce its Wander/Luster auction

All who wander will likely lust, and all that glitters is not gold plated.

IN THIS AUCTION ARE TWO TOYS, ONE FROM FERNAND MARTIN AND ONE FROM VICTOR BONNET.

Lot number 245 result $ 1100
Lot number 246 result $ 375

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Always check the auction site for the results.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Result of the Martins in the Antico mondo 92th Toy Auction 3 till 5- March 2022

The brandnew catalog of the 92th Toy Auction is online!

This auction features more than 2900 items of tin toys, trains, figures and model cars and this time with two Martin toys

Auction lot number : 6079 Result € 450
Auction lot number : 6419 Result € 380

See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/objekte?aid=41&Lstatus=0

We hope you enjoy reading and browsing through the new catalog!

These prices are in € (Euro) and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Box labels from Fernand Martin toys better viewed. (updated)

You will usually find the most boxes entirely in the French-language version with an exception for the manual on the box.
On many of these boxes the manual is mentioned in 2 or 3 languages, in French, English and Spanish but there is one box with 4 languages and that is the box of the Les Valseurs from 1885, on the front there is the French text and arround the box there are tree more languages: Spanisch, Englisch and Russian.

Courtesy Bertoia Auctions

HERE SOME MORE EXCEPTIONS:

I found a catalog label on which the name of the toy is stated in two languages, it is the box of the Le Petit Décrotteur — The Little Blackboot with number 167

There is at least 1 box on which the name of the toy is stated in three languages, it is the box of the laundress number 171

Furthermore, it is known from the Petit Colbuteur with number 213 that three different versions of the box have been issued, but two with a different label and only in French.

The third box with only a stamp

There is also a very different box, it is probably a box specially for the Russian market of the Le Traineau Russe from 1892
The text on the box is partly in Russian. Thanks to a Russian reader I get the translation from this Russian text and that is: “The Russian Sledges. New Mechanical Automatic Toy”

Martin has released at least one box in two different languages.
A French version and a English version and that is quite special.
It is the box of the Petit Livreur number 224

And then there is the addition of “bis” on various boxes next to the number.
If you translate the word “bis”, this means “one more time” or “repetition”
Presumably these toys were produced again in a later period, due to the enormous sales success.
The question is now; this was only done by Martin or also by Martin’s successors.
It is also surprising that most labels with the “bis” addition are also a lot smaller and the boxes are made of a cheaper material.

Of course I don’t know “all” the boxes, so if there are fellow collectors who know other special or different boxes. let me know, preferably with a photo, so that I can research them and use them in a next blog.

Public Sale Auction House. Wander/Luster Auction Mar 05, 2022

The Public Sale Auction House from Hudson, NY is very pleased to announce its Wander/Luster auction

All who wander will likely lust, and all that glitters is not gold plated.

IN THIS AUCTION ARE TWO TOYS, ONE FROM FERNAND MARTIN AND ONE FROM VICTOR BONNET.

Lot number 245
Lot number 246

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The catalog you can view online: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/237872_wanderluster/

After the auction, I will publish the realized price for this toy.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Antico mondo 92th Toy Auction 3 till 5- March 2022

The brandnew catalog of the 92th Toy Auction is online!

This auction features more than 2900 items of tin toys, trains, figures and model cars and this time with two Martin toys and we also we offer a broad variety of coins, historical advertising …

Auction lot number : 6079
Auction lot number : 6419

This is a room bidding but you can also take part in the online bidding via Liveauctioneers, lot-tissimo or the-saleroom, live via telephone or register your written predids.

See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/objekte?aid=41&Lstatus=0

We hope you enjoy reading and browsing through the new catalog!

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these two Martins.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

RSL Crème de la Crème Twenty Twenty-Two Auction Mar 05, 2022

The RSL Auction Company is very pleased to announce its adoption of a new auction format that shall henceforward be known as the “Crème de la Crème Auction”.
This phrase originated in France perhaps three centuries ago.
Its earliest use stems from culinary references related to cheese produced with the finest creams.
In modern parlance, the phrase has simply come to mean the ‘very best”, whether in reference to people or things.
As the phrase implies, these auctions will be extremely small with only the very best quality offerings on the market.
In the future, we will plan to create one crème de la crème sale every summer or a few times per year.

AND IN THIS AUCTION IS ONE VICTOR BONNET TOY

Description:
Made by V. B. & Co. French – 1920 – 24 1/2″ L Assembled. Victor Bonnet bought Ferdinand Martins operations around 1915 and continued to produce their toys, as well as, new models under his label, V. B. & Cie.
Condition:
Pristine with Original Box. Box has minor tears.

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I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

See what you can read in the March issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine:

Don’t miss the March 2022 issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine March 2022 :

Antique Toy World is the leading publication for toy collectors worldwide.

Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

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Result Martin toy in the: Pook&Pook auction February 10, 2022

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February 10th at 03:00PM CET

This time there is only one Martin is in auction with the next discription

Fernand Martin tin clockwork barber

Lot 2553
Condition: Currently working, wig is a likely replacement, pants on both figures are replaced.
Buyer’s Premium 26%

Result: $ 617

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I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Result Martin in the Bertoia basics sale february-10-2022

A one day BASICS sale including European wind-up toys and autos, tinplate toys and comic character, TootsieToy and Schoenhut, American tin toys and other early novelties. Check back for more information.

Winter BASICS | February 2022

Thursday, February 10th at 10am.

Advanced preview by appointment online, please call to schedule your private gallery showing.

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This time there was only one Martin is in auction with the next discription

  1. FERNAND MARTIN WALTZING COUPLE | 7.5″ h.
    $300 – $600
    Condition: Some glue repairs, repainted and redressed, sold as-is.
    Buyer’s Premium 25%
Result $ 250

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A Dream of Toyland 1908

Watch and enjoy more almost 8 min. of this nice original film from 1908 with toys from Lehmann, Fernand Martin, Carette, Günthermann, Humpty Dumpty and so on.

Arthur Melbourne Cooper’s animation showing a boy’s dream of his toys coming to life uses a live action framing device for the dream sequence which uses stop motion techniques to animate a child’s toys.

Film from Britishsilents

and if you use a IOS device then go to this link:

A Dream of toyland 1908

More film??

Last month I published another beautiful film from 1919 with French toys, haven’t seen it yet? then click on this link: https://fernandmartintoys.nl/martin-flersheim-toys-on-film/

La bicyclette Martin- The Martin bicycle

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1892 about a tin toy made by Martin.
This piece is put in motion when a string is wound around this reel, and pulling forcefully, the rotation of the the wheel is determined by an internal flywheel.
When the bicyclette is placed on the floor, it travels at high speed.
It was first made in 1892
length approx 13.6cm ( 5.35 inch)
The Martin article number is 121

Courtesy Toy Museum Soltau (“Spielmuseum Soltau”) in Germany,
From the magazine La Nature 1894, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

The free translation of the above text :

SMALL INVENTIONS
Toy bicycle.
The fruitfulness of Parisian toy manufacturers is inexhaustible, and this little cyclist that we present to our readers, the latest avatar of the applications of the giroscope, once again highlights their astonishing ingenuity.
In this small device, the manufacturer has taken advantage of both the well-known property of the giroscope to always rotate in the same plane, and the energy storage represented by a flywheel launched at high angular speed.
The toy offers all the exterior appearance of a “rubber” bicycle of perhaps exaggerated dimensions, mounted by an exercised rider, acting directly on the rear wheel.
This whole set is made of very light tin, and the two wheels are hollow.
The rear wheel is empty, while the front wheel contains a flywheel to which a rapid rotational movement is imparted with the aid of a string wound twice on a small pulley mounted on the axis of the flywheel, as for most toys like this.
This steering wheel is therefore absolutely independent of the front wheel. inside which it rotates freely.
If, once the shuttlecock has been launched, the toy is placed on the ground on a level surface, such as a parquet floor. giving it a slight impulse to the moving master, it will continue this movement and maintain balance and advance evenly as long as the flywheel has sufficient speed.
This equilibrium is due to the action of the flywheel which tends to turn always in the same plane and maintains the mobile vertical, while its forward movement continues by virtue of the friction of the axis of the flywheel on the hollow axis of the wheel. front wheel, friction which has the effect of turning this hollow wheel in the same way as it, but with a much slower speed.
This is the truly ingenious, and, to our knowledge, new, idea of ​​the toy that we are describing.
The inventor of this toy, succeeded in reducing, in great proportions, the speed of the driving wheel without inserting any transmission between the two wheels, and was able to make a toy run in stable equilibrium at a very low speed, was for which there would be no stable equilibrium without the action of the steering wheel, as it is easy to convince oneself of this by trying to make the little cyclist roll without having first thrown the steering wheel at a sufficient speed. We would like to point out this elegant toy to mechanics teachers who will find in it an amusing pretext for explaining a large number of principles of general and applied mechanics, or an idea of ​​intergrouping with students for the explanation of the operation of the toy
Can be found at M. Mathieu-Martin’s, 42 bis, boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle, Paris.

Pook&Pook auction February 10, 2022 Online Only Decorative Arts – Session Two

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This time there is only one Martin is in auction with the next discription

Fernand Martin tin clockwork barber

Lot 2553
Condition: Currently working, wig is a likely replacement, pants on both figures are replaced.
Buyer’s Premium 26%

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After the auction, I will publish the realized price for this Martin.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Bertoia basics sale february-10-2022

A one day BASICS sale including European wind-up toys and autos, tinplate toys and comic character, TootsieToy and Schoenhut, American tin toys and other early novelties. Check back for more information.

Winter BASICS | February 2022

Thursday, February 10th at 10am.

Advanced preview by appointment online, please call to schedule your private gallery showing.

Our team is dedicated to offering our quality customer service, experience and support. Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with registration, bidding or any other questions.

This time there is only one Martin is in auction with the next discription

  1. FERNAND MARTIN WALTZING COUPLE | 7.5″ h.
    $300 – $600
    Condition: Some glue repairs, repainted and redressed, sold as-is.
    Buyer’s Premium 25%

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Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Le monocycle aérien The aerial monocycle

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1897 about a tin toy made by Martin.
This special piece is put in motion by stretching both sides of the cord, the air cyclist goes up and down when the cord is relaxed, the cyclist descends.
It was first made in 1897
length approx 16cm (6.3 inch)
Martin article number is 156

Picture from the magazine La Nature 1897, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

Free translation: The aerial unicycle.
The toy in question represents a unicyclist who climbs along a string that can be seen at the upper part and at the lower part of our drawing (n. 1 Detail view). It is easy to understand the mechanism that elevates the little climber.
Inside the wheel is a pulley movable around its center and on which winds the string.
This one penetrated into the wheel passing through a small ring carried by the handlebars.
By exerting a slight traction on the rope, as shown in (n. 2 Instructions for use) of the figure, the movement of the apparatus is obtained.
The internal pulley carries an axis on which a pedal is fixed which can be seen.
The cyclist rests his feet on it, and since the legs are articulated, the toy offers the funny image of a cyclist maneuvering the pedals.
The aerial unicycle is at the same address as the spider and the fly.

Courtesy Toy Museum Soltau (“Spielmuseum Soltau”) in Germany,

Part 4: Martin toys used in art.

Piet Gutter born in 1944 is a Dutch artist who has been fascinated by the realistic painting style for many years.
In his works he pays a lot of attention to the composition of the figures and objects he paints.
He uses many different objects including antique toys, letters, leaflets, cans with advertising, fruits, vegetables on them and many more objects and all wrapped up in a fantastic composition.
He also pays a lot of attention to details, the atmosphere, the colors used and the backgrounds used so that it becomes a fascinating composition.


When you see his still lifes you are fascinated because it evokes emotions and you unintentionally fall in love with his works, but see for yourself.
Piet Gutter is a versatile painter, many of his works can be admired on the internet and you can also see that he can compose unique works using various utensils.

Piet Gutter’s paintings are in various collections and with private and foreign private individuals.

Some of the Piet Gutter works are based on antique toys from the collection of Arthur Verdoorn (1935 – 2017).
Arthur was an avid collector and also co-writer / photographer of the book: Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris.
His toy collection can be seen in the toy museum in Soltau in Germany. https://www.spielmuseum-soltau.de/
Here I present a number of Piet Gutter works of art, especially the paintings where the toys of Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet are depicted “lifelike”.

Piet Gutter did not only portray Martin or Victor Bonnet toys.
He has made many more paintings with antique toys as objects.
Paintings with toys of the well-known toy maker names such as Lehmann, Bing, Günthermann, Märklin, Schuco, Vielmetter and many more.

Martin toys have often been the subject of painters of art.
Below are the links to my three previous articles about Martin toys used in art:

All images courtesy of Piet Gutter

See what you can read in the new February issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine:

Don’t miss the February 2022 issue of Antique Toy World Magazine

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine February 2022 :

Antique Toy World is the leading publication for toy collectors worldwide.

Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

To subscribe go to https://antiquetoyworld.com/about-atw/
Email: ads@antiquetoyworld.com

Victor Bonnet the Les-Auto-transports series: 261 Camion: Gros Camionnage

After Victor Bonnet took over the toy company from Flersheim in 1919, he makes, among other toys this “Camion” (no. 261), it is the last truck from the series Les-Auto-Transports.

This series consists of the following vehicles:
246 Le Déverseur
248 Tracteur + 250 Le Remorque (sold together)
249 Camion : Le Roulant
254 Le Train Tortillard
261 Camion : Gros Camionnage
A separate blog has been made about these vehicles for each issue

This is the last article in this series.

It is an open truck with a fabric tarpaulin and the length is about 25 cm (10 Inches)

A text was printed on both sides of the fabric tarpaulin, the text is original: “Gros Camionnage” that you can find on the box, there are models with another name but more about these (different) names on the sides of the fabric tarpaulin in another blog. (See link below)

I have come across this truck in the colors BLEU, RED and YELLOW, the hood in the colors GREEN, BLEU, BROWN and GREY

Catalog Picture

This truck was a modified version of truck number 249 with the same name Camion, (see one of my previous blogs).

In the base it is the truck “Les Auto Transport” with number 249.
The differences between number 249 and 261 are:
-The “brand” stamp on the bottom of the cargo area of the 249 has disappeared.
-The 261 get a fabric tarpaulin with the name “Gros Camionnage” on it.
-It gets a new product number 261.

Box Label, here you see the truck 249 on the right site.
This picture is found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the public domain

Versions of this truck are known with various advertising texts, I have described the advertising texts on the side about this truck in another blog, see this link:

https://fernandmartintoys.nl/advertising-on-the-side-of-the-gros-camionnage-261-victor-bonnet/

January 01 – 1914 Le petit Journal a newspaper from exactly 108 years ago

Today January 1, 2022, 108 years ago, an article from January 1, 1914 This newspaper is from my own collection

a free translation of the article from the magazin: LE PETIT JOURNAL from January 1 1914

NEW YEAR’S DAY TOYS are the cheerfulness of the boulevards and the joy of Parisian children New Year’s Day is the occasion of official receptions and family celebrations, but what, especially in Paris, characterizes the New Year’s celebrations, is the animation that does not cease to reign on the boulevards, where the adjacent small market stalls that amaze the children and therefore many parents are interested.
This year, the number of these outdoor shops has fallen slightly due to the regulation banning so-called “spinner” lotteries.
We know that the same regulation also suppressed open-air markets, known as “flea markets”, which were held in different neighborhoods, notably in Les Halles around January 1.
On the other hand, the crowds on the boulevards this year are even bigger than the previous ones.
Perhaps this rise can be attributed to the disappearance of the huts and fairground attractions in the peripheral districts and the outer avenues where the festival boulevard de Belleville continues.

Impression of one of the toy stalls arround 1906. Photo courtesy of François Binetruy


From the Madeleine to the Bastille, the small industrialists offer their passers-by real wonders of ingenuity, and you could say ‘in spirit, in innovation, and the eyes never tire of admiration. It is thanks to competitions they have encountered from various quarters and official encouragement for their personal initiative that toy manufacturers have been able to make progress in their industry, allowing them to present toys to the public that are, as they say, scientific because they are step to follow modern developments.

Image of Parisian street sales in stalls and by street vendors at the turn of the year on an old Parisian newspaper

We were able to judge ourselves by taking advantage of the beautiful dry weather yesterday and. cold, which the previous days had certainly not foreseen, to take a walk on the boulevards.
And, like children, we had a brief review of the Toy of the Year, “Parisian Items” that are universally known.
The first thing that strikes us is not the least amusing, it is a barber with a very thick coat who shampoos a brave man of Bartholomew who could rival the crime with the best polished parquet in our museums.
This toy is called, as it should be, the “Barber of Seville”.(MARTIN NUMBER 196- L’ARTISTE CAPILLAIRE) –
The grimaces of the client being rubbed are nothing compared to those of a chimpanzee who, on an elastic rope, like the monkey in the fable, dances and moves at best, then flips.
This “four-handed” is more convenient but no more graceful than a red bear, its neighbor, elegantly dancing a tango.
What still attracts attention is a boxing match in which the champions perform the most daring and perhaps the most forbidden punches in the ring. “Sports are moreover worthily represented; Billiards, where the player makes an admirable pileup at each stroke; the shooting of a Mexican hunter”
Finally, skating performed by a skating enthusiast whose roller skates are a masterpiece of precision. (MARTIN NUMBER 229 LE PETIT PATINEUR) –

The latter, reproduced in one of our photos, is a great success.
But the pinnacle of sports toys is “Looping the loop”.
This toy consists of an evolved monoplane held in place by a wire and “walk the loop” on three occasions with an ease admirably reminiscent of Adolphe Pégoud’s prowess. (Adolphe Pégoud. This 24-year-old Frenchman had given aviation a new dimension: that of aerobatics.)

Walkers talk about this toy, just as they talk about the little washing-up girl (MARTIN NUMBER 233 – LA CASSEUSE D’ASSIETTES) who takes three steps and then drops her plates with an awkwardness as funny as Baggessen’s. (Baggessen is a comedian whose hilarious jokes spontaneously make you laugh)
It would take too long to list all the new toys, let’s just mention other toppers: the jockey who brings back the Mona Lisa (MARTIN NUMBER 225 VOLEUR DE LA JOCONDE), on a mountain the duelists, the violinist (FERNAND MARTIN NUMBER 160 LE GAI VIOLONIST) and the pianist (FERNAND MARTIN NUMBER 189 LE PETIT PIANISTE), two funny little toys that we also recognized.


Finally, the “Triple Entente”, (agreement on the alliance formed in 1907 between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the Third French Republic and the Empire of Russia after the signing of the Treaty of Saint Petersburg.)
A patriotic toy , representing France and Russia and greeting England. In addition to these trendy toys, there are other, but less numerous, toys from yesteryear
Here and there we have encounters with externally pleasing adults, for whom these evoke memories of their childhood and certain children who do not seem to long for others. It gave us the opportunity to witness a scene that was moving in its simplicity: a girl of about six years old, who was with a relative who, on the boulevards, refused all the beautiful gifts they offered her. – No not that! neither! She said repeatedly. – What do you want?
The child did not answer.
Suddenly, she rushed to a small merchant whose sales stand was installed on a basket. – That is what I want ! she said.
This merchant sold simple little classic dolls for thirteen cents, dolls despised by certain little girls, perhaps influenced by their young brothers, but dolls with a quality that proves that these dolls still have lovers.

And there are, thank goodness! numerous enough to keep trade prosperous.
And yet, the fact is, the “doll” no longer reigns indisputably in the stalls of the small barracks of the boulevards.
A trade that has nothing to do with the entertainment of childhood, and which is already prosperous, because it conquered the right of the city among the Parisians thanks to the “prefect of the police”, is that of point protectors intended for hat pins.
One of the small stands where they are sold, decorated with a sign in large letters, is under siege by many women and girls.
A little further on we pass a saleswoman who stands by shelves full of beautiful “New Year’s Eve” books, books with scarlet covers and gilded edges.
We ask him if the sale is going well. – No, she said to us, the time has passed when as a child I even helped my dad who ran all this small booth and we struggled to satisfy the enthusiastic customers.
But today’s kids, once they leave the cradle, only dream of sports.
It is the active life, they say, the modern life that wants that. We have to bow to this.
And with regrets about the past, the trader tells us an anecdote from that past.

About fifteen years ago, a child eagerly looking at the promising display was noticed by a man who invited him to choose a book he liked and gave him this book as a present.
The donor left, but after some hesitation, the child decided to sell the book back to the stand keeper.
This woman was outraged and blamed the child for his trading instincts.
The child then bursts into tears and admits that in the midst of his joy at having a wonderful educational book, he had thought of his sick mother, bedridden in a room without a stove.
And the child – so had tried – to cash in on his gift to buy medicine for his mother. – And there you have it, the merchant concludes philosophically, this is how books not only shape the minds, but also the hearts of children!

Fernand Martin and Louis Vuitton

The company Louis Vuitton has made an advertising campaign for their bags and suitcases in 1994.
In this campaign use was made of tin toys combined with a bag or suitcase.
Several different advertisements have been released
The advertisements were placed in the American Voque, but there is also a luxury box/portfolio on the market with all the different advertisements including slides
In one of these advertisements a Martin Petit Livreur was used.

This one is part of a portfolio and sold on Ebay France in 2019. Picture made by a French cameraman for Vuitton : Jean Larivière

I wish all the visitors of my blog:

Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo
Kala Christougenna Ki’eftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos
God Jul och Gott Nytt År
Glædelig Jul og godt nytår
Geseende Kerfees en ’n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta

Martin Number 217 La conquète du pole nord from 1909

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The numbering of the Fernand Martin first period: Who can help me ??

This article was published in the Antique Toy World November 2021

I’m trying to figure out the correct numbering of the first period of the Fernand Martin toys, that is de period from the first toy “Le Poisson Nageur” (the Fish) till number 146, the second period started with the number 147 the Ma Portiére.

147 Ma Portiére

The periods have been chosen in previously published books and articles by well-known authors, because every Martin collector knows this period classification, I will also continue with this period classification.
Martin himself never made a period classification.

In this article there will be a lot of “question marks” – “maybe” – “presumably” and “not sure” but therefore the question: WHO CAN HELP.

I have searched in old catalogs and have already found a lot of good product/article numbers, even on an old box we found a number.
What have I already found out?

Martin started with the number 100, his first produced toy the “Le Poisson Nageur” (The Fish).
The second period has started with number 147 Ma Portiére
So logically there must be 47 pieces in between.
But many more pieces are known from the first period, how is this possible?

La sateuse de corde

Just an observation:
Between number 100, the first number of the first period and number 146 the last number of the first period are 47 numbers.
There are currently about 66 toys (there are a few toys of which we are not 100% sure that they are attributed to Martin)
We see that we have more toys then numbers, so some toys never had a number. Why????
From 30 toys I have found, till now, the right number.
There are 17 numbers left (101 – 104 – 108 – 109 – 112 – 113 – 122 – 126 – 128 – 138 – 140 – 141 – 142 – 143 – 144 – 145 – 146) whose toy name we havened find till now, we can attribute some of these 17 numbers with some certainty, but we are not 100% sure about that yet.


Le Livreur

IN THE NEXT LIST ARE THE TOY NAMES WITH, IF KNOWN, THE CORRECT NUMBERS ALREADY FOUND.

Why some toys, especially in its early years, are NOT numbered is a mystery and we will probably never find the reason.

100 Le poisson nageur

La balançoire mécanique
Le bateau godilleur
la grenouille
Le Pantin mecanique
Les forgerons infantigables
Le moulin mécanique a tic tac
La locomotive routiere
Le cheval a bascule
Le jeu de massacre
Le jeu de force
Le bouquet surprise
Le velocipede

Le trapèze
Les Valseurs (with the tall hat)
Les valseurs (with a cap)
102 Le sonneur endiable
103 Les courageux scieurs de long
104 (no proof yet) L’incomparable danseuse de corde

105 Les pompiers
106 Les joyeux danseurs
107 Les fameux duellistes
Le livreur (presumably 108 or 109)
L’autruche (presumably 108 or 109)

110 Le cab
111 La grosse caisse (automatique)
La grosse caisse annamite (walking) model: World Fair in 1889 Paris
Pousse pousse annamite model: World Fair in 1889 Paris
Le fauteuil roulant model: World Fair in 1889 Paris
L’écrevisse
Don quichotte
La sateuse de corde
114 Le lapin vivant

115 Les boxeurs
116 Le traîneau russe
117 Le diable en boite
118 Le cherif
119 La charrette anglaise
120 Le pêcheur â la linge
121 La bicyclette martin

122 (no proof yet) Le courrier parisien
123 Le facteur de chemin de fer ( with flywheel )
124 Le facteur de chemin de fer ( with mechanisme )
125 La chaloupe a vapeur
126 (no proof yet) Le perroquet (on a stand)
127 La perruche
128 (no proof yet) Le piocheur
129 Course de taureau
130 Attelage flamend

Sujets Sur Socles avec Mécaniques en boites par pièce (sold per piece):
131 Mènagerie
132 Bergerie
133 Chasse
134 Gardeuse d’oies
135 Laitière
136 Porcher
137 Laboureur

Sujets Sur Socles sans Mécaniques (same articles as 131 till 136 but without mechanism and sold in boxes by a half dozen)
I suspect that the numbering is as follows, assuming the same order as numbers 131 to 137, but I am not 100% sure about this yet, only number 139 is certain.
138 (no proof yet) Ménagerie
139 Bergerie
140 (no proof yet) Chasse
141 (no proof yet) Gardeuse d’oies
142 (no proof yet) Laitiére
143 (no proof yet) Porcher

All the above-mentioned toys are known by images in catalogs, on boxes and / or by the presence of the toy in the museum: Musée des arts et métiers, Le CNAM in Paris. Fernand Martin made a donation in 1908 to this museum, of this donation, a handwritten list made by Martin is known including all names of the toys in that donation, this list is in the possession of the museum Musée des arts et métiers, Le CNAM in Paris

We can assume with a certain degree of certainty for which toys the numbers are 104 – 122 – 126 -128 – 138 – 140 – 141 – 142 and 143, but we are still looking for the 100% proof for these numbers.
So we are also looking for the following 8 missing numbers: 101 – 108 – 109 – 112 – 113 – 144 – 145 – 146.

Who can help me ????
Please contact me if you can help cor@vanschaijk.com

L’araignée et la mouche – The spider and the fly

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1897 about a tin toy made by Martin.
This special piece is put in motion when the fly is hanging on a hook on the wall and then by stretching the cord, the spider is crawling to the fly.
It was first made in 1896
length approx 11cm (4,33 inch)
Martin article number is 151

Picture from the magazine La Nature 1897, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

A free translation of the above text.
SMALL INVENTIONS
The Spider and the Fly.
The spider has a habit of stretching webs and rushing for flies or other insects that fall in its nets.
The toy that we describe is intended to recall these mores of the spider.
We see in no 1 of the figure a fly that is fixed by a hook against the wall.
Below is a spider.
It suffices to pull a string, and one immediately sees it climbing slowly, alternately moving its two long, very characteristic legs.
Apart from the interest that this toy has.
He is curious from a mechanical point of view.
We see in no 2 the underside of the beast with the internal mechanism.
A cord is fixed at the top right on the spider and then comes to be routed on a small pulley placed inside the fly.
This cord is then wound on another pulley attached to the lower part of the spider.
By pulling on the cord, the spider is thus given a movement, the fly being fixed against the wall.
The pulley in the spider has a metal rod fixed on the periphery, as shown in our drawing. This metal rod is also movebel around a fixed point and can move successively to the right and to the left according to the movements of the pulley.
It carries at its other end the horizontal rod which maintains the legs of the spider and it thus transmits to them the movement of which we spoke above.
This toy is found at M. P. Bertrand, 19, rue Mute-ville, in Paris.

Courtesy Bertoia auctions

Victor Bonnet the Les-Auto-transports series: 254 Le Train Tortillard

Here is part 4 of the Victor Bonnet Les Auto Transports series consisting of the :
246 Le Deverseur
248 Tracteur + 250 Le Remorque (sold together)
249 Truck : Le Roulant
254 Le Train Tortillard
261 Camion : Gros Camionnage

Catalog picture
Was also sold in Egypt

This tractor with four trailers has a total length of approximately 69 cm / 27,2 “.
On the accompanying photos you can see the differences between the four trailers.
The first trailer has a different, tin plate attachment than the other cars, which all have a bent iron wire as attachment.

The first trailer with the tinplate attachment.
An empty trailer with a different mounting hook as the first trailer
With a wooden barrel
With an inlay representing coal

The operating options are:
Winding up mechanism… with the key to the right.
Starting… Push forward the Crank which is to the left of the driver.
Stop… Bring the Crank to the rear which is to the left of the driver.
Direction … With the Joystick located at the front of the Hood, choose one of the 3 notches for driving straight ahead or the other two positions for driving in a large or smaller circle.

I found till now the tractor in two colors in red and green, the trailers I found in the colors blue, green, brown/orange, gray and dark-gray.

I have come across it quite often and sometimes even “mint” in the box but what strikes me is that very often the carts are not all the same color, maybe the carts have gotten mixed up over the years or they are just new delivered in the box with different color carts.

Results of the Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys in the Antico mondo 91th Toy Auction December 3 and 4 2021

91th Auction

This auction features more than 2400 items of tin toys, trains, figures and model cars.

In this auction are this time many Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys

These prices are in € (Euro) and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/objekte?aid=40&Lstatus=0

We hope you enjoy reading and browsing through the new catalog!

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Results of the Martin toys in the Dan Morphy Auction: Toy & General Collectibles Nov 30 – Dec 02, 2021

In this auction of Dan Morphy there where 9 Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys and there are many more other beautiful pieces in this auction.

Look for more auction informations : https://www.morphyauctions.com/auctions/past-auctions/toy-general-collectibles/

All prices are in US $ and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

Photos courtesy of Dan Morphy auctions

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Result of the Fernand Martin toy in the Lankes Große Weihnachtsauktion November 22-27 . 2021 (with the very rare Martin number 215 : the airoplanes)

A wide range of over 5000 positions awaits you.
In the rarities area you will find ancient Märklin trains, steam engines, cars and ships and a collection of music boxes and machines.
The corona numbers, which are already rising again, and their restrictions will again not allow a hall auction for November. Therefore, please note the regulations in force in Bavaria at this time. At the moment, the 2G regulation throughout Bavaria The preview will be possible according to these rules.
You can bid in person on site at any time on reserved spaces using an electronic bidder card.

Lot number 6476 Result € LOT PASSED
Lot number 6568 Result € LOT PASSED

You can make a bid on https://www.lot-tissimo.com/de-de/auction-catalogues/lankes/catalogue-id-lankes10020

For more information see: https://www.lankes-auktionen.com/de/

The prices are in € (Euro) and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Book: Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris

In my Blog articles, I sometimes refer to the book: Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris.

As a result of my Blog, I now receive questions by mail from collectors who do not yet know the new book about Martin and ask if it is still for sale.
The book is printed in a limited edition but still for sale.
It is published in two versions, one in English and one in French.
For a clear description including an animation, go to the site:
https://www.fernandmartintoys.com/
On this site you will find also an order form.

Released in 2014

In my opinion, every collector, tintoy enthusiast, tintoy dealer, auctioneer and museum must have a copy.
This work is a standard work and certainly new discoveries will come in the future that may reflect the current knowledge

I can personally highly recommend this book.
I was fortunate to be able to participate in this book and I have been able to know both writers / collectors / photographers Lourens Bas and Arthur Verdoorn as fine and enormous lovers of the Martin toys in the broadest sense.
The book is quite substantial and very well executed with clear pictures.
It is subdivided into 4 blocks / periods.
The first period is from 1878 to 1894.
Second period goes from 1895 until the acquisition by George Flersheim in 1912.
The third period is therefore the Flersheim period from 1912 to 1919, after which the last period comes from the new owner Victor Bonnet from 1919 until the move of the factory in 1934 to the Rue des Tourelles in Paris.

The majority of the toys, as was known until the printing of this book, are depicted.
In the meantime, some new discoveries and insights have been found that cannot be found in the book.
But that makes sense, not everything is now known because a lot has been lost, documents have been destroyed or have been forgotten somewhere in the attic or in a forgotten archive, these may one day give new insights and belong to a new edition.
Until that time; this is the best book and given the execution, for a very low price, it is a bargain!

But in this blog I keep everyone informed as best as possible about new discoveries, things worth knowing, discussions etc. so that nobody has to miss anything, it is therefore important to visit my blog regularly, so you stay informed.

Victor Bonnet the Les-Auto-transports series: 249 Le Roulant

This model is very very rare.
I’ve only come across a few of them.

Catalog picture


The colors I have found so far are green, orange, yellow all with red wheels and a dark blue one with bleu wheels, the length is about 25 cm (10 Inches)


It is listed in the Victor Bonnet catalog with the name Camion 249 but in the truck you can see that the name is : Le Roulant

steering wheel and on the right side the start stop lever


The characteristic of this model is that there is a print on the bottom of the cargo area with the name and product number.

print on the bottom
On the back of the cabin a text plate with the text: Charge maximum load 5000 Kos

A similar model was later released with number 261 with the same name Camion to, but on that truck you can see the name Gros Camionnage written on the fabric tarpaulin.
This Camion is an adapted form of the here presented: Le Roulant, that later model got a fabric tarpaulin, no longer had a print on the bottom of the luggage compartment, and no text plate on the back of the cabin.
This model 261 will be found even more, but more about this truck in another blog.

© Archives privées Renault (with permission of Laurent Dingli. http://louisrenault.com/ )

A model 261 Gros Camionnage without the fabric tarpaulin is sometimes be sold as a: Le Roulant, but can therefore be easily recognized by a print on the bottom of the cargo area and on the back of the cabin a brass text plate with the text: Charge maximum load 5000 Kos of the original Le Roulant, so pay attention.

Winding mechanism with the key and the start stop part on the right, the lever for this is next to the driver

Results of the Martin and Bonnet toys in this Bertoia Fall Auction Nov. 18-19 2021

A very exciting November sale with countless highlights across all categories, collectors should plan for an action packed auction with competitive bidding and impressive auction results. Tin toys from Europe and Japan, wind-up & battery-ops, cast iron toys & banks, Christmas & Halloween, penny toys & pressed steel trucks, animated cap pistols & early American toys, this sale will have something for everyone!

All prices are in US $ and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

This time with 7 Martin and Victor Bonnet toys up for auction, some of which are very rare! Watch the catalog with this link: https://flipbookserver.com/bertoia-auctions/catalog/annual-fall-sale-november-2021

The Bertoia team is dedicated to offering our quality customer service, experience and support.
Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with registration, bidding or any other questions.

For the complete overview, Auction terms & Info, Shipping & Payment look at this site: http://www.bertoiaauctions.com/

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

La voiture au chien – Attalage flamand

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1895 about a tin toy made by Martin.
This piece is put in motion when a string is wound around this reel, and pulling forcefully, the rotation of the axle and the wheel is determined.
When the car is placed on the floor, it travels at high speed, and the dog’s legs.
It was first made in 1894
length approx 18 cm (7.1 inch)
The Martin article number is 130

Courtesy Bertoia Auctions
From the magazine La Nature 1895, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

The free translation of the text from the article from the magazine La Nature 1895 :
SMALL INVENTIONS
The dog car. –
We have often described the small mechanized toys that the street vendors sell in the streets of Paris, and, in Les Petites Inventions of n ° 1117 of last October 27, we gave the Combat de taureaux.
Today it is the dog car that we will introduce.
Represented below, it gives the appearance of an Antwerp (Belgium) milkmaid with a cart.
A metal axle crosses the little tin car, and ends on the outside with a coil protruding from the wheel with the surface of which it is in contact; a string is wound around this reel, and pulling forcefully, the rotation of the axle and the wheel is determined.
The car is placed on the floor, it travels at high speed, and the dog’s legs, set in motion by a simple mechanism, perform the galloping movement admirably.
There is a lot of ingenuity in his little Parisian mechanical toys.
The dog car is built by Mr. Fernand Martin, 88, Menilmontant Boulevard in Paris

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s these milkmaids with their dog carts were frequently seen, they were in the version with one, two and even three dogs.

All postcards are from my own collection

Lankes Große Weihnachtsauktion November 22-27 . 2021 (with the very rare Martin number 215 : the airoplanes)

A wide range of over 5000 positions awaits you.
In the rarities area you will find ancient Märklin trains, steam engines, cars and ships and a collection of music boxes and machines.
The corona numbers, which are already rising again, and their restrictions will again not allow a hall auction for November. Therefore, please note the regulations in force in Bavaria at this time. At the moment, the 2G regulation throughout Bavaria The preview will be possible according to these rules.
You can bid in person on site at any time on reserved spaces using an electronic bidder card.

This is a very rare Martin in this condition. Lot number 6476
Lot number 6568

You can make a bid on https://www.lot-tissimo.com/de-de/auction-catalogues/lankes/catalogue-id-lankes10020

For more information see: https://www.lankes-auktionen.com/de/

After the auction I will publish the auction prices

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

See what you can read in the new December issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine:

Don’t miss this December 2021 issue of Antique Toy World Magazine

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine December 2021 :

Antique Toy World is the leading publication for toy collectors worldwide.

Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

To subscribe go to https://antiquetoyworld.com/about-atw/
Email: ads@antiquetoyworld.com

Antico mondo 91th Toy Auction December 3 and 4 2021

The brandnew catalog of the 91th Toy Auction is online!

91th Auction

This auction features more than 2400 items of tin toys, trains, figures and model cars.

In this auction are this time many Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys

This is a room bidding but you can also take part in the online bidding via Liveauctioneers, lot-tissimo or the-saleroom, live via telephone or register your written predids.

See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/objekte?aid=40&Lstatus=0

We hope you enjoy reading and browsing through the new catalog!

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these Martins.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Result of the Martin toys in the “JOUETS DE COLLECTION” Galerie de Chartres auction on November 13 – 2021

The French auction house: Galerie de Chartres had this time a few nice Fernand Martin/Victor Bonnet toys.
Furthermore, there where many more other beautiful toys in this auction.

GALERIE DE CHARTRES

See this link for the entire collection to be auctioned: https://www.ivoire-france.com/chartres/fr/auction-3861-jouets_collection?p=58

FOR MORE INFORMATIONS E-MAIL TO : chartres@galeriedechartres.com

These prices are in € (Euro) and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Victor Bonnet the Les-Auto-transports series: 248 Tracteur and 250 Le Remorque

These two Victor Bonnet creations of a tractor and a trailer, were sold together in one box, I have not found any proof anywhere that they were sold separately.

Box label
Catalog picture
the total length of approximately 36 cm / 14,2 “.


I have come across the tractor in two colors so far, in green and in red, (green and red in various color gradations from dark to light, but presumably the influence of sunlight has also had an influence on the color), I am the trailer only encountered in a brown/yellow color with a green fabric tarpaulin.

© Archives privées Renault (with permission of Laurent Dingli http://louisrenault.com/ )


What has been noticed is that there are two versions of the tractor, with and without a roof.
Presumably it was marketed in two versions with and without a roof, which is apparent from the fact that the tractor can be found with and without mounting holes for the roof, (see the photos).

with mounting holes for the roof
without mounting holes for the roof
Two differend trailers the left one is the most common, the right one is quite rare

Look at the two different trailers, sometimes the trailer has a bronze plate on the back with the text: Charge maximum 5000Kos and the back and front of the trailer has different plating, version with a 6 and with a 4 rectangular layout

The bottom with the winding motor and the start stop mechanism

Dan Morphy Auction: Toy, General Collectibles, Date: Nov 30 – Dec 02, 2021

In this auction of Dan Morphy there are 9 Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys and there are many more other beautiful pieces in this auction.

Look for more auction informations : https://www.morphyauctions.com/auctions/past-auctions/toy-general-collectibles/

After the auction, I will publish the realized price for these 9 lots.

Photos courtesy of Dan Morphy auctions

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Fernand Martin the rope-jumping girl number 31 La Sauteuse De Corde

Update from 04-November-1921

This figure was released in 1890
It is a very ingenious mechanism to create the illusion that she is a Rope-jumping girl.

From La Nature 1890 page 224 Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

Here the translation from the French tekst on page 223 from the magazine La Nature 1890 :

SCIENTIFIC TOY the ROPE JUMPER
Here is a toy that we think we will have to present to our readers because of the special skill of the inventors in overcoming the difficulties presented by the problems they had posed.
This toy is a jumper rope whose figure is almost enough to understand the mechanism.
As in most toys of this kind, the amount of work required to operate the toy is borrowed from the vivid power of a steering wheel concealed in the young person’s body, flying at which a high angular velocity is imparted. rolling two turns of string on the button shown at the bottom of the skirt in the figure on the left, and pulling strongly on this string which one lets slip the other end between a finger and the body of the toy, to ensure a tension initial requirement for driving the steering wheel.
The flywheel thus launched friction control two pairs of wheels that come to lean on its axis.
The first pair of wheels, the pair of wheels, infers the toy, whose equilibrium forwards and backwards is ensured by a pair of small gatets.
One of these pebbles can be seen, the one before, in the figure on the right.
The second pair of wheels, placed at the top, has the effect of printing a rotational movement about a horizontal axis to a small tree at the ends of which are fixed the ends of the rope.
This rope, very flexible and very thin, flattens each time it passes in front of the driving wheels that roll over it without their movement being the least bit entangled.
This was the great practical difficulty cleverly solved by Mr. Martin, the inventor and constructor of this interesting and ingenious little apparatus.

This toy is not very big, it has a total height of approximately 15cm / 6 inch
It is hand painted, like the most toys in that period.

Patent number 204382 from 15-march-1890

During my collection years, I only came across this toy in five different color versions.

  • dress in yellow with the details in red
  • dress in blue with the details in red
  • dress in green with the details in red
  • dress in red with the details in blue
  • dress in light blue with the details in gold-colored

This light blue with the details in gold-colored was included in the gift that was donated through Fernand Martin in 1908 to the Musée des arts and Métiers in Paris (see my earlier blog :Two Fernand Martin variants of the Pousse-Pousse Annamite )

Bleu one from my own collection, yellow one courtesy Bertoia Auctions, green one courtesy Galerie de Chartres

It is marked on the bottom, see photo above.
I think this is one of the nicest pieces from the first period of Fernand Martin.
Nice action and a very ingenious design.
It is only rarely offered so very rare.

“JOUETS DE COLLECTION” Galerie de Chartres auction on November 13 – 2021

Update November 12 -2021 extra item added to the collage photo

The French auction house: Galerie de Chartres has this time a few nice Fernand Martin/Victor Bonnet toys.
Furthermore, there are many more other beautiful toys in this auction that we can look for.

GALERIE DE CHARTRES

See this link for the entire collection to be auctioned: https://www.ivoire-france.com/chartres/fr/auction-3861-jouets_collection?p=58

FOR MORE INFORMATIONS E-MAIL TO : chartres@galeriedechartres.com

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these Martin’s

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Fernand Martin toys on the next Bertoia Fall Auction Nov. 18-19 2021

A very exciting November sale with countless highlights across all categories, collectors should plan for an action packed auction with competitive bidding and impressive auction results. Tin toys from Europe and Japan, wind-up & battery-ops, cast iron toys & banks, Christmas & Halloween, penny toys & pressed steel trucks, animated cap pistols & early American toys, this sale will have something for everyone!

This time with 7 Martin and Victor Bonnet toys up for auction, some of which are very rare! Watch the catalog with this link: https://flipbookserver.com/bertoia-auctions/catalog/annual-fall-sale-november-2021

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Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Repair & Restoration projects

Which collector does not know it, a toy with a defect, damage, missing parts or other shortcomings.
Here’s a newsletter from a restorer from Ireland who specializes in tin toys but also dolls.
The intention is that this newsletter will be published once every two months.
Interested ?? contact him.

It’s a overvieuw from the 5 pages so the links don’t work. Would you like to receive this newsletter yourself? contact him on +353 (0) 876774202 or email him at bob.heaton@pentdata.ie.

Victor Bonnet the Les-Auto-transports series. 246 Le Déverseur

Victor Bonnet was the first successor to Fernand Martin who started producing cars
He released a series of trucks named: Les Auto Transports that started with number 246
It was a “tip up truck”, the truck has an automatic tipping and driving mechanism.

This model was released in various colors, I have seen models in Yellow, green, gray, black and brown
The length is about 20 cm (7.9 Inches)

These models have a very advanced and ingenious engine, the start-stop part sits like a handle next to the driver’s steering wheel.
After winding, you can put the car on the ground and twist the lever, then it will drive, after a short time, the car will stop and the bucket will slowly move to the side to drop its load, and then the bucket will go back to the old position and the car starts moving again and everything repeats itself.

Part of the Germany patent from April 21, 1921, patent number 363805

In the production years, the box has been changed a few times.
The first boxes only contain the production number No 246
Boxes are known to have a sticker added with the text Déverseur No 246
Later the label came with the text Déverseur No 246 printed as fixed on the label
And I found boxes with the text Le Déverseur No 246


The next two boxes has the same picture of the catalog site on the front, these catalog pictures usually had less information than the original box labels, are they original??
I’ve come across some of those boxes before.

Two different boxes with the same “catalog” image, forgeries?
Catalog image
Box label, (see the differences with the catalog image)


On the inside on the bottom of the box an extra text sheet could have been applied to indicate the operation, this is found in two languages; in French and in English.
The text on the outside of the box is only found in French, also on the boxes with an English text sheet inside.


There are boxes contained with no text sheet inside but a separate manual with the (freely translated) text:
AUTO-LE DÉVERSEUR
OPERATION :
Reassembly… Put the Engine to Stop and turn; with the key to the right, making 10 half-turns.
Starting… Push forward the Crank which is to the left of the driver.
Stop… Bring the Crank to the rear which is to the left of the driver.
Direction … Bring, by pressure from top to bottom, the Joystick located at the front of the Hood, in one of the 3 notches. The walk in a circle is obtained by using the 2 notches on the left.

© Archives privées Renault (with permission of Laurent Dingli. http://louisrenault.com/ )

There are models without a text, models with a text on the side or back and models with a text in the inside of the loadig area, and when they have a text it was in French or in English
The various texts I found till now are:

top left and below courtesy of Bertoina Auctions, top right courtesy of Antico Mondo Auctions.
left and right below Courtesy of Bertoina Auctions. on the top right private collection
When there was a text In the loading area, there was no texts on the side or back, so only in the loading area

The body has also been available in two variants, with an angular body and with a rounder body, the truck with the rounder body (I found them in de colors gray, black/gray and yellow), and has no texts on the body, only the brass plate on the bonnet.

left Courtesy of Bertoina Auctions. on the right private collection

From this version with the rounder body, I found one with a different nose/bonnet in the color: red body with a bleu loading area. This one has the nose/bonnet from trucks from the production after 1933 and on top of this nose/bonnet there is no longer the well-known brass nameplate.

So you can see that over the years this truck has had many different varieties.
Many Fernand Martin, George Flersheim and Victor Bonnet toys have sometimes been produced for many many years and have received many small adjustments or other colors over the years.

Les-Auto-Transports a series of beautiful trucks and tractors made by Victor Bonnet.

As a successor of Fernand Martin and George Flersheim, Victor Bonnet Factory started the production in 1919 in the old Fernand Martin factory, in 1933 they stopped the production and moved to another building in Paris.

Five different Truck and Tractors. with five the same fronts

In these 14 years Victor Bonnet has made a series of 5 beautiful trucks and tractors.  

246 Le Déverseur
248 Tracteur + 250 Le Remorque (sold together)
249 Camion : Le Roulant
254 Le Train Tortillard
261 Camion : Gros Camionnage

He named this series of vehicles: Les-Auto-Transports and the first toy he produced in 1919 was the truck: Le Déverseur with number 246

All models had a plaque on the hood with the name: Les auto-transports
This plaque has undergone some changes over the years as can be seen in the collage.

These models are somewhat undervalued, they are all vehicles with a genius mechanism and these mechanisms are all basically the same. 

The first of the model Le Déverseur with number 246 produced from 1919 had the most extensive mechanism with lot of functions: start-stop, drive, standstill and a side-tilt function. The models after this one were a bit simpler.  

In the coming weeks I will be introducing this series of vehicles one by one in 5 separate blogs.

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Don’t miss this November 2021 issue of Antique Toy World Magazine with on page 72-75 an article about the correct numbering of the first Martin period

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Result of the toy Auction: Brioult Encheres SARL October 16-2021.

In the next French Maître Lydie BRIOULT – BRIOULT ENCHERES SARL toyauction there is one Victor Bonnet toy but there are many more other beautiful pieces in this auction.

This auction will be held in Vernon in France
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October 16-2021 auction lot number 189

VICTOR BONNET (VB) le Roulant :
Camion mécanique en tôle 1928, longueur : 25 cm, hauteur 12 cm, avec sa clé d’origine (mécanique à revoir). Peint en jaune, roues rouges, conducteur en bleu. Rare

Martin number 249 – Camion Le Roulant made by Victor Bonnet, from the LES AUTO TRANSPORTS series and quite a very rare specimen

Result € — not sold

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Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Toy Auction: Brioult Encheres SARL October 16-2021.

In the next French Maître Lydie BRIOULT – BRIOULT ENCHERES SARL toyauction there is one Victor Bonnet toy but there are many more other beautiful pieces in this auction.

This auction will be held in Vernon in France
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October 16-2021 auction lot number 189

VICTOR BONNET (VB) le Roulant :
Camion mécanique en tôle 1928, longueur : 25 cm, hauteur 12 cm, avec sa clé d’origine (mécanique à revoir). Peint en jaune, roues rouges, conducteur en bleu. Rare

Martin number 249 – Camion Le Roulant made by Victor Bonnet, from the LES AUTO TRANSPORTS series and quite a very rare specimen

After the auction, I will publish the realized price for this Bonnet.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Spinning Tops – The waltzing couples from Fernand Martin and other manufacturers

I already published this before in 2019, but I find a new one and new information.

Martin has produced two tops in his very early years.
The French name is Les Valseurs and first made in 1885 and it get Fernand Martin number 15

Left the patent sheet from 1885 and on the right the drawing in La Nature 1886 page 80 Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

Patent:

Martin has applied for a French patent for the dancing couple with the man with the cap under number 169754. (see patent sheet above)
But for these two different models are different patent number found on each box, the one with the top hat has patent number 56947.
I can’t put it in the French, English and American patent number ranges at that time, but it is probably a German patent from about 1890/91.
In Germany the patent ranges between 56000 and 57000 were active around 1890/91. (see in the German DPMAregister ) Maybe Martin did not get this patent number approved because this number is not listed as “granted”.
For pictures of the two boxes, see the book Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris on page 45.
The English company Britain also launched the same type of top around the same time and applied for a patent with number 13671 in England in 1884. ( I found the patent number and year in a official paper of a trail beween Britain versus Hirsch in March 1888. A part of the text : “ In 1884 a patent No. 13,671 of 1884, was granted to William Britain for an automatic dancing figure.”) source: www.academic.oup.com page 226 REPORTS OF PATENT, DESIGN, May 05 1888.
These tops have been made more often, it could be without justifying the patents, or by paying the patent holder or even by plagiarizing
Furthermore, you had to apply for a patent in every country before 1900, but that was not done because the costs were sometimes quite high.
The entire patent event at the end of the 18th century was not as well regulated as it is today.

There are more of this kind of tops:

I’ve discovered, till now, nine different of these waltzing spinning tops so far, but maybe there are more, here an overview of the tops that I found till today:

  • Fernand Martin, two pieces marked on the bar between the legs with FM Paris, the one with the cap is from 1885 the other one with the high hat is probably from 1890 and is extra marked on the other side off the bar with the patent (Breveté) number: SGDG 56947.
    -One unknown and unmarked maker of made with partial tinplate, this one is probably from Germany.
    -The United States company Ives made one exemple, this one looks a lot like one of the Martins but is unmarked.
    -Two pieces by George Heyde ( provenance the book of Lourens Bas: The Lost Art of Spinning Tops) from Dresden Germany, presumably around 1885 one ( with the red skirt and the both figures with a hat ) is marked on the bar between the legs with G.H. , the other one with the orange skirt I don’t know if that one is marked.
    -The English Britains one piece from about 1885, not marked and made in different colors.
    -And another unknown and unmarked maker which is made from cast iron so presumably from the United States.
    -And another new find that was made in the USA, of hoop skirt embossed lettering “C.H. Husted,” sold in the Bertoia auction on September 11-2021 (photo courtesy Bertoia Auctions)

Breveté S.G.D.G.

Breveté S.G.D.G. is the name of a patent as it was in France until 1968.
The term stands for “Breveté Sans Guarantee of Government” and means: “Patent without government guarantee”.
Many countries adhered to a system of registration for a simple formal exam over many years.
One believed himself free from any liability.
In France, the Law of 1844 provides that the patents shall be issued “without prior examination, at the risk and risk of claimants and without guarantee of function, novelty and merit of the invention, also with regard to precision or accuracy of description”.

Working:

The principle is the same for all spinning tops.

How to operate the toy !

In the middle of the female, just above the skirt, is a small rod, you put a loop of a string around it and then turn the skirt around by hand so that the string wraps around the waist.
The female stand not completely upright but that is the intention.
The female stands on a kind of pin under the feet, this is loose and therefore it can turn completely.

By placing the dance couple on the floor and then pulling the string tightly, the skirt starts turning quickly,
Because of the center-flying power, the female stands up and the male turns around the female.
These toy tops are around 130/140 years old and very rare to find, but they are so beautiful.
These tops are not only wanted and sought after by “Martin” collectors but also by spinning top collectors.

Course de taureaux – the bull fighter

Courtesy Toy Museum Soltau (“Spielmuseum Soltau”) in Germany,

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1895 about a tin toy made by Martin.
This piece is put in motion with the well-known Martin “rubber band” method, when the rubber band is woud up the bull and the toreador, describing a circle of which the support rod is the center, the bull jumps a small stub in the air 8 times each round.
It was first made in 1894
length approx 22,8 cm (9 inch)
The Martin article number is 129

The Martin “rubber band” method, for more information check out my blog: https://fernandmartintoys.nl/rubber-band-drive/
From the magazine La Nature 1894, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

A free translation of the text above
The bullfighting game.
It is one of the new tin toys sold on the boulevards of Paris.
It is very timely and offers to the eyes of the passer-by a toreador waving a scarf in front of an angry bull.
The toreador runs away, and the bull follows him, throwing his horns.
Here is the explanation of the toy: the man and the bull are connected to a metal rod; the two rods thus serving as support are fixed to a vertical axis placed in the center of a hollow metal piece which imitates a rock.
Inside this rock is the “rubber band” twist motor generally employed for these kinds of animated figure toys.
The bull and the toreador, when the spring is stretched, turn describing a circle of which the support rod is the center.
This toy is built by Mr. Fernand Martin, 88, Menilmontant Boulevard, in Paris.

Result Martin toy in the Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion October 01/02-2021

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October 01/02-2021 auction lot number 0108

Sold for € 300

Martin number 224 – Le Petit Livreur made by George Flersheim.

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Is this toy a Fernand Martin toy ??

A small inventor/toymaker Foucault, presented a toy at Le Concours LEPINE in 1901 a toy called “Mr. Chopinard”.

Photo of the very poor interior of the house of Henri Foucault
Picture from the magazin: lectures Modernes 1902. (magazine is from my own collection)

As you can see is this toy the adaptation of Fernand Martin’s “Le Pochard” mounted on a barrel.
Which shows that the recycling of existing toys was easily doable even by outsiders of the company…
If one would find now an model of this Chopinard toy, would it be called a Foucault or a Martin toy?
Most certainly Martin…

Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

Le Pochard on a wine barrel, the picture above is part of a larger image with more toys and technical attributes and found in an old French magazine La Nature from 1902 page 13 with the name: Monsieur Chopinard (a comic French gentleman who appears in a chanson from that time.) This article was about the Concours de Jouets 1901.

Martin probably sold parts and also (almost) complete models to small toy makers / inventors who then made “new” models and produced it in small numbers or offered the production rights for sale at the Lepine competition to the major manufacturers because they themselves had no or little production capacity and no money to produce these toys on a large scale, these were hard times for the little toy makers / inventors.

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Ladenburger Spielzeugauktion October 01/02-2021

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October 01/02-2021 auction lot number 0108

Martin number 224 – Le Petit Livreur made by George Flersheim.

After the auction, I will publish the realized price for this Martin.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

NEW EXTRA FUNCTION ADDED TO THIS BLOG.

An extra function has been added to print or save articles.
Two options to print or save an article:
1) You can click on the titel of that article.
2) If you click on an article in the column: Most recent messages, you will see the word (Print) on the right of the text in your chosen article, click on this (Print) button and you have the choice of printing or download as PDF.

Note: If you don’t see the column Most recent messages, then turn your device into landscape.

Option two

Result Martins: BERTOIA SIGNATURE SALE: The Aaron & Abby Schroeder Collection Part II. On Friday & Saturday September 10-11, 2021

Result of the Fernand Martin – George Flersheim and Victor Bonnet toys

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Le Perroquet: The silent Parrot

my own color fantasy

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1894 about a tin parrot made by Martin.
This one is very rare and I do not have any photos of it myself, but there are pictures in the book by Francois Marchand THE HISTORY OF MARTIN MECHANICAL TOYS on page 87 and in the book by Lourens Bas FERNAND MARTIN TOYMAKER IN PARIS on page 66.
Since the original images presumably carry copyrights, I cannot show them here.
This special piece is put in motion by the well-known Martin “rubber band” method, the winding is done by the winding handle at the end of his tail, under the tail is the “rubber band” that goes to the movement mechanism in the body.
It was first made in 1893
length approx 28/30cm ( 11/12 inch)

Picture from the magazine La Nature 1894, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

A FREE TRANSLATION:
The toy that we represent below was one of the successes of the New Year’s shops on the boulevards of Paris.
The parrot in question is mute, silent, it does not cry out and does not tire by its chatter.
On the other hand, he does mimicry, pantomime; proudly encamped on his perch, he swings and greets as much gracefully as possible.
This parrot is one of those mechanical toys whose movement is caused by the reinsertion of a cable or assembly of rubber threads twisted by means of a small crank.
The transmitted motion shifts the parrot’s center of gravity and gives it the swaying motion. –
This toy is available at Mr. A. Wolter, 9 bis, passage Kuszner, in Paris.

Results: Martins in the Antico mondo 90th Toy Auction September 2-4 2021

Sold for € 600
Sold for €100

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See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/90th_auction/a/39

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I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

You can take part in the online bidding via Liveauctioneers, lot-tissimo or the-saleroom, live via telephone or register your written predids.

Advertising on the side of the Gros Camionnage 261 Victor Bonnet

This is an update of the article that was posted on February 8, 2021

” Gros Camionnage “

After Victor Bonnet took over the toy company from Flersheim in 1919, he makes, among other toys this “Camion” (no. 261).  

This is an open truck from the “Les Auto-Transports” series.

This truck was sold with text on the fabric tarpaulin on both sides.

The text is original: “Gros Camionnage” that you can find on the box.

In the past time I found so now and then a model with different text.

In 2021 I found in an “Interencheres” auction in France of Maître Philippe CASAL another “Camion” model in a rare color scheme, and also with a different text “Chocolat Casino” on the fabric tarpaulin.

“Chocolat Casino”

In February 2018 I found on Ebay another model, the nice thing about this Camion was not only the beautiful condition, but also the print on the hood: “Goulet-Turpin”.  
The Internet teaches us that this is the name of the Goulet-Turpin couple who founded a distribution company under this name in their wedding year 1874.

“Goulet-Turpin”

In the collection of the German “Spielmuseum Soltau” is another one to find with the text “Nouvelles Galeries”.

” Nouvelles Galeries”

On Wikipedia you can find: “Les Nouvelles Galeries” is the name of a chain of department stores created in 1897, the stores have changed to become Galeries Lafayette.

In total, I have now found four “Camions”with different prints, including the original.  

With one different overprint I can imagine that someone has done this privately, for whatever reason, but with several new different overprints I can imagine that this was originally produced by the Victor Bonnet factory and I have already found more “Camions” with these above shown texts, so they are not isolated objects.

The companies that orders these “Camions” may have sold these models or given them away to there customers.

Maybe we can find more examples.

Results of the Martin toys in the RSL Crème de la Crème Auction Aug. 21. 2021

IN THIS AUCTION WERE TWO VERY RARE MARTIN TOYS

Le Sauteur Intrepide SOLD FORE $ 5000
Le Petit Livreur Special SOLD FORE $ 3000

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BERTOIA SIGNATURE SALE: The Aaron & Abby Schroeder Collection Part II. On Friday & Saturday September 10-11, 2021

Part II of this alluring collection will include nearly 900 items, demonstrating the vast scope of the Schoreders’ eye for graceful objects of excellence! Their toy and bank collection is considered to be one of the greatest in existence. From stellar mechanical banks to cast iron toys, elegant American tin to elaborate European toys, aficionados of fine pieces will find this auction to be the perfect sale.

Bertoia Auctions is honored to have been chosen to handle the sale of such a legendary collection and we welcome all collectors to participate in making history!

And this time with 16 Martin / George Flersheim / Victor Bonnet and SIJIM toys up for auction, some of which are very rare! Watch the catalog with this link: https://www.flipbookserver.com/bertoia-auctions/catalog/abby-schroeder-collection-2-september-2021

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Antico mondo 90th Toy Auction September 2-4 2021

The brandnew catalog of the 90th Toy Auction is online!

The auction will feature more than 3000 items of tin toys, trains, figures, space toys, trading cards and model cars.

Also we offer a broad variety of pens, antiques, historical advertising a.o..

In this auction only 2 Marin articles

Good news: after consultation with the local regulatory office, a hall auction for tested or vaccinated persons can take place at incidence level 0-2. who please register as a room bidder by telephone up to two days before the start of the auction. As with the last auctions, we are also represented on all online platforms and broadcast the auction live.

You can also take part in the online bidding via Liveauctioneers, lot-tissimo or the-saleroom, live via telephone or register your written predids.

See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/objekte?aid=39&Lstatus=0

We hope you enjoy reading and browsing through the new catalog!

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these Martins.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Le facteur de chemin de fer -The railway porter

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1894 about the railway porter made by Martin.
This toy is made in two different versions, a version with the flywheel and a second version with a key wind mechanism both with simulated walking motion.
It was first made in 1894
The length is about 12,7 cm ( 5 inch) long
The Martin production number is 123 for the version with the flywheel and number 124 for the version with the key wind mechanism, see on the catalog page in the left below corner.

Courtesy Bertoia Auctions version with the flywheel
Picture from the magazine La Nature 1894, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

A free translation from the text above for the model with the key wind mechanism.
The railway postman. –
Here is a charming tin toy, equipped with an ingenious mechanism.
It represents one of the wheelbarrows used by railway letter carriers; under the wheelbarrow is placed the motor mechanism in the form of a spring that is tensioned by torsion by means of a key visible in our figure.
The mounted spring actuates the pair of toothed wheels.
The man who pushes the car has legs fixed on an axis and which are connected to each other by another bent ace which forces one leg to move back as the other leg advances.
When the device is driven by the motor movement, the postman seems to be pushing the car, and his movements surprisingly imitate nature. –
This toy is built by Mr. Fernand Martin, 88, boulevard Menilmontant, In Paris.

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Adjusted article: Personal Postcard from Fernand Martin

Original hand written postcard with date stamp by Fernand Martin

Front side postcard to Mr. Gallois from the “Le Courrier de la Presse”

“Le Courrier de la Presse” was founded in 1889.
In competition with Argus de la Presse, the employees of “Le Courrier de la Presse” searched all periodicals as reviews and newspapers and provided subscribers with press clippings that mentioned the name and/or the interests of the specific customer.
It was a significant saving of time for the customers who didn’t have the time to search everything.

Martin was also a customer and naturally looking for articles about toys
But with the clippings service it could go wrong.
Martin wrote a complaint to that company because he missed articles.

LE COURRIER DE LA PRESSE
BUREAU de COUPURES de JOURNAUX
Founded in 1889 with Mr. Gallois as owner

Back site of the postcard signed with with the signature of F Martin.

The free translation is:
An error has crept into the articles that you have sent.
I have number 1401 and 1402 and furthermore the numbers 1416 and 1417.
But I have not received the 13 intervening numbers.
So please correct this on the following number that must be given 1405
*see note*
I am counting on you to do justice to my complaint.
Sincerely F. Martin.

Note: The number is hard to read, but on a site about old French manuscripts it is clearer that the number must be 1405. Martin already had number 1401 and 1402 and, according to my reasoning, he converted the other two numbers 1416 and 1417 to 1403 and 1404, so that is followed by 1405 etc.

Indeed, there are 13 intermediate numbers and not the correction of “14” later made by the receiver with a blue marker

This postcard has on the front a date stamp from Fernand Martin with the date 25 April 1904

RSL Crème de la Crème Auction SATURDAY, AUGUST 21ST, 2021

150 still banks, 110 mechanical banks, 90 cast iron and tin toys, and 20 American Folk Art.

The RSL Auction Company is very pleased to announce its adoption of a new auction format that shall henceforward be known as the “Crème de la Crème Auction”.
This phrase originated in France perhaps three centuries ago.
Its earliest use stems from culinary references related to cheese produced with the finest creams.
In modern parlance, the phrase has simply come to mean the ‘very best”, whether in reference to people or things.
As the phrase implies, these auctions will be extremely small with only the very best quality offerings on the market.
Our first crème de la crème sale will take place this summer on Saturday, August 21st at our auction facility in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
The sale will showcase 300 stellar pieces that will include architectural still banks, dynamic themed spelter still banks, figural still banks, tin and cast iron mechanical banks, bell toys, cast iron animal-drawn toys,
European tinplate planes, trains, automobiles and novelty toys, rare examples of American tin and mechanical toys, robots and several prized pieces of folk art.
In the future, we will plan to create one crème de la crème sale every summer or a few times per year.

AND IN THIS AUCTION ARE TWO VERY RARE MARTIN TOYS

Le Sauteur Intrepide
Le Petit Livreur Special

For the complete overview, Auction terms & Info, Shipping & Payment look at this site:
https://www.rslauctionco.com

You want to see more toys then look at this link: CATALOG LINK

After the auction, I will publish the realized price for this Martins.

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about authenticity, condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Le fameux piocheur – The man with the pickaxe

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1894 about the Piocheur made by Martin.
This toy is made in two different versions, a version with the well-known Martin “rubber band” method, and a second version with a key wind mechanisme
It was first made in 1894
The length of both toys is different, the rubber band version is 13 cm ( 5,1 inch) long and the key wind version is 15,5 cm ( 6,1 inch) long

Version with the key wind mechanism
permission of the Toy Museum Soltau (“Spielmuseum Soltau”) in Germany,
Picture from the magazine La Nature 1894, Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

A FREE TRANSLATION:
The famous pickaxe.
We have described in La Nature several tin toys, so charming and so graceful, which makes Mr. Fernand Martin, one of our Parisian industrialists, so great.
When the manager of this establishment produces a new model, he does not forget to send it to us.
We recently received the famous pickaxe; he is a mechanical worker who digs with energy.
Like the toys which preceded, the movement of the picker is communicated by a simple mechanism, hidden in the base and activated by a rubber band, forming a spring by the torsion.
It suffices to turn the winder 10 or 15 times for the pick to work.
The pickaxe rises and falls with great rapidity.
Manufacturer: Mr. Fernand Martin, 90, boulevard Menilmontant, Paris.

Version with the rubber band mechanism.
permission of KB

See what you can read in the new August issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine:

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An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine August 2021

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Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

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Supplement to the article about the French soldier of George Flersheim

Here an supplement on the posted article:

This article was published in the April 2020 issue of the ATW Antique Toy World magazine. https://antiquetoyworld.com/about-atw/

A thorough research by Francois Mesqui in inventory documents of FLERSHEIM’s manufacture indicates that it released a soldier toy referred to as “Homme de tranchée”. Only a genuine box / catalogue with a picture and article number will attest its paternity. Till now there is no certainty about the correct article number but it will probably have to be 242-243 or 244.

And in the study of the comparison with the head and helmet of “Le Pompier”, Francois Mesque shows, with a photogrammetric program, an excellent match between the head of “Le Pompier” and “L’Homme des Tranchées” .

So it is a toy made in the Flersheim period with the name: Homme de tranchée.

The original published article:

Is this a new Fernand Martin toy ?!?!

Martin and Flersheim made toys that were mostly “up-to-date” at the time of manufacture, and by “up to date” I mean that literally.
At specific happenings, events, news, but also new fashion, inventions, etc. Martin and Flersheim were immediately able to make a toy for it so that the audience recognized and bought it.

Now I found an entirely unknown new Martin to me, it is a very nice soldier.
After I have examined it thoroughly, by comparing with other Martin toys, by measuring all parts precisely and checking with UV light for the age and deviations of the paint.
I have to come to the conclusion that I am almost sure that this is a original Martin from the Flersheim period.
But for 100% sure we need a catalog, document, advertising or box where it is shown.

First a short history of French soldier uniforms:

The 1758 Code Military includes descriptions of each French regimental uniform, including the Royal Artillery.
In addition to blue coats and red distinctions, the artillery had many subtle details on the coat and vests.

Old French postcards WW1

In 1914 they quickly discovered that during the WW1 war using the old model uniforms in the colors red and bleu the soldiers are sitting ducks.
These colors stood out too much against the clear sky above the Frensch fields.
They designed very fast a new blue / gray uniform, because that didn’t stand out against the clear bleu sky.
In the end of 1914 and the early 1915 they designed a completely new uniform in the color light gray / blue.
These soldiers were named: Le Poilus

George Flersheim was also Lieutenant artillery in this WW1 and was therefore at the center of the uniform change.
He must have implemented that quickly for a new model for a French soldier.

In the short “Flersheim” period, (1912 till 1919) they has released at least 20 new pieces.
(More about George Flersheim in one of my other blogs.)

Hypothesis:

1.
In the book: Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris 1878 – 1912 on page 200, there are 3 soldiers.
The writers Lourens Bas and Arthur Verdoorn tells us on this page : Nevertheless we have to conclude that we don’t know the number of any of these toy soldiers, so that we are not sure about the order in which they are presented.
The left one is a French soldier with the number 243.
But the red and dark soldier on the photo is not a French soldier from 1915 but a French soldier with a uniform from used before 1915.
The colors blue / red are used from 1758 until in the first war months WW1 in 1914.
I think this red and blue soldier must be one of the numbers: 234 – 235 or 236, because this uniform was still in use in 1913.
The new find French soldier the “Le Poilu” must be then probably number 242-243 or 244 in the book: Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris. 1878 – 1912

2.
It is quite possible that George Flersheim designed it, but he was unable to bring it into production because he died tragically on August 14, 1915 at the age of 30.
After his death, the factory continued to produce toys for at least a few years and maby produced this toy.
Because we were unable to find a box or document tille now, we do not know a name and possibly number (if it was already numbered)

Resume:
Perhaps there is a third option.
We do not know this and it remains to be seen whether this toy with box or a catalog with image will ever be found.
So if there are readers who know more, please send me a message.

George Flersheim also released many old Martin pieces, and what he did was alter old Martin pieces and produce them again.
He also made extensive use of the available old stock of “Martins” materials and clockworks.

One example is the Fireman with ladder, but what does this fireman have to do with the new soldier?
I want to explain this.

There are a total of 4 different firefighters in the following order:

1) First released by Fernand Martin in 1904 with the number 197.
2) Then George Flersheim reproduced the same model from Martin in 1912 with the number 197-bis.
3) But later George Flersheim modernized, between 1912 and 1915, the head with a different helmet model
4) Victor Bonnet reproduced the Flersheim fireman again in 1921

The differences are sometimes small.  

-1- The Martin from 1904. -2-The same one made by Flersheim

-1- FERNAND MARTIN : three-part ladder and a low back of the helmet and a clockwork with Martin key.
-2- GEORGE FLERSHEIM : three-part ladder and a low back of the helmet and a clockwork with the Flersheim key, so only changed to the Flersheim key.

-3- Flersheim model 1912. -4- Flersheim model but released by Victor Bonnet 1921

-3- GEORGE FLERSHEIM : the same three-part ladder as -1- and -2-, but now with a different model head / helmet and a clockwork with Flersheim key.
-4- VICTOR BONNET : a different three-part ladder with a stand-alone stand, a clockwork with the Victor Bonnet model key. (see detail) and a new box with number 197bis.

So, you see, there are actually 4 different firefighters and Flersheim used a piece of the number -3- fireman for his new soldier.

So we are back to the soldier.
In his design for the new soldier, Flersheim took the head from his fireman from picture number -3-
Slightly changed the upper edge of that helmet.
Painted the helmet blue.
The helmet of the original fireman has in front a nice graphic, the helmet of this soldier has the same graphics hidden under the blue paint.
Took a simple dribbling “walking” body of a Martin toy like the violinist or drunkard without the arm actions.
Gave him a rifle.
Blue clothes and there was a new soldier and exactly in the mind of Fernand Martin himself.
This toy has only a “walking” action.

So now we know that the name is : Homme de tranchée and now we must be looking for a original box.



Fernand Martin toys on collecting plates

From the mid 1800s till today it is all the rage to collect paper collecting plates.
These were issued for free or packaged in various products.
These collector plates were in any case published in Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Italy
Children were able to collect entire series in this way, sometimes more than 10,000 different pictures were published per country with the most different themes.

The dimensions are usually around 6 x 10 cm
These collector plates are called “Chromos” (color image)
The provision of this chromo image as advertising material began around 1850 in the “Au Bon Marché” department store in Paris
Au Bon Marché came up with the idea of offering their clients’ children a color print, the children then encouraged the parents to make purchases again at this department store and it worked, it was a resounding success.
On these prints is a nice picture on the front and an advertising message on the back.
Later these plates were also put in or on the packaging of new products such as chocolate, concentrated milk, broth extract, soup, etc.
The chromos became a means to increase the sales of those products. Nowadays they are still issued, often by grocery chains where if you buy goods for a certain value, you get a closed bag with a few collectible plates (chromos). The intention is that you can then trade double with your friends to complete a compilation album. The youth love it, now and in the past.

I have found very old examples that have to do with Martin toys.

One of them shows the “Les Pousse Pousse Annamite”.
This name can also be read very small at the bottom of the wheel and is also exactly the name that Martin gave his toys.
This Martin toy was introduced in 1889 and sold during the World Exhibition in Paris that year.

On the back is advertising from 1889 for a chocolate factory in Paris.

The second example is a typical Parisian street vendor, who sells Martin toys to passers-by.
If you look at the Martin figures you see the “Ma Portiere- Le Gai Violoniste- Les Agents and the La Petite Marchande D’oragnges.
You can see that they dated from 1895 to 1901, so the picture will also date from around 1901/1902.

On the back is advertising for a fashion house in Paris

The third example is a typical Parisian street vendor, who sells Martin toys to passers-by.
This chromo is a drawn and colored image of a photo that was also used for postcards. See: https://fernandmartintoys.nl/fernand-martin-and-postcards/
On the postcard you can see the toys more clearly, it turns out to be the violinist, in a stripped down version lying on the floor and a dressed up version on the box.

On the back advertising fore a shop with haberdashery – lingerie – hosiery

The Le cab, you van see that it is the model from 1903 with the keywind mechanisme
On the back is an advertising for a chocolate factory from Bordeaux
The “Le cab”
On the back is an advertising for a chocolate factory in Paris.
The “Les Courageux Scieurs de Long” from 1886
On the back advertising from Félix Potin chocolate.

They are nice extras that you can collect in addition to the real Martin toys.

Update July 2021: Visit Spielmuseum Soltau in Germany

Welcome – we are back!


The toy museum can be visited again – from June 1st every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!
A visit to the museum is now possible again without a test.
There is also no documentation requirement due to the low incidence.
We used the finishing time for extensive redesigns in the head office. Craftsmen and decoration work are still ongoing.
Therefore, some exhibition areas in the main building (Poststrasse 7) are currently not accessible.
However, it may be played in the flying classroom.
The branch across the street (Poststr. 15) is complete in use.
In view of the infection situation, special regulations apply until further notice:
• The museum can only be visited with medical mouth and nose protection.
• Please keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other people at all times and observe the general hygiene rules.

Welcome to the Soltau Toy Museum. A house full of dreams and movement, treasures and stories are waiting for you to be explored.
At two locations on a total of 900 square meters, the museum houses one of the best and most diverse toy collections in the world.
And: Here you don’t just look, you can also hear, touch, try out and play – an experience for the whole family!

Little Paris, a new exhibition unit is currently being built in our museum branch – Poststrafle 15 – with fantastic French toys from the turn of the century.
The focus is on mechanical tin figures by Fernand Martin.
All objects come from Arthur Verdoorn’s large collection and were donated to the Spiel Foundation.

The toy museum with probably the largest museum collection of ” Fernand Martin-George Flersheim and Victor Bonnet ” toys in the world.

The following text is written by Mathias Ernst from the toy museum in Soltau and has been translated from German in Englisch.

Toys by the famous French tin toy inventor and manufacturer Fernand Martin are the focus of our “Petit Paris” exhibition department. We owe this wonderful collection to Arthur Verdoorn and his friend Lourens Bas.

By the way: The richly illustrated standard work on Fernand Martin including video DVD (the result of years of research by Lourens Bas and Arthur Verdoorn) is currently available in our museum shop.

More information: www.spielmuseum-soltau.de

Update article from june 2019 of the Voiture Nounou Poupon.

Found a new box of the Voiture Nounou Poupon from Victor Bonnet

Until now we only knew one box of the Voiture Nounou Poupon number 265 made by Victor Bonnet
In February 2019 a Voiture Nounou Poupon with a unknown box was sold on Ebay France, and a second one I found on Ebay France in june 2021, this second one is sold for € 1135,00

The box of the second example was quite damaged, but the image is still clearly visible. In the pram was a small celluloid doll with blankets and a piece of cardboard on the bottom, maybe it is original but I can’t confirm that as this is the first one I see with doll and blankets.

I don’t know the exact date on which the drawing of the box label was changed, but maybe it changed in the early 30s

On both boxes you can see the name V.B. & Cie, in 1934 the factory moved to another location and also got a new name VÉBÉ
It is not known how long the VB & Cie factory has made these toys, but in an advertising brochure from the late 1930s, it is no longer there.

On this new box you see a female figure with a typical 1930s dress and she walks in another park.
The toy in the box has remained exactly the same.

On the left the older image and and on the right the more modern image

Thanks to mr Thomas Bear for sharing a photo

RESULTS OF THE MARTIN TOYS IN THE MILESTONE PREMIER TOY, CAST IRON & PRESSED STEEL SALE ON SATURDAY JUNE 26th 2021

THE MARGARET & JOEL WEISSMANN ANTIQUE TOY COLLECTION

For the complete overview, results, auction terms & info, shipping & payment look at this site: https://milestoneauctions.hibid.com/auctions/

All prices are in US $ and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

Photos courtesy Milestone Auctions

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

See what you can read in the new July issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine:

Don’t miss the July 2021 issue of Antique Toy World Magazine

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine July 2021

Antique Toy World is the leading publication for toy collectors worldwide.

Published since 1970.
Antique Toy World is a monthly magazine published in the USA by Dale Kelley, the magazine’s founder, editor and publisher.

To subscribe go to https://antiquetoyworld.com/about-atw/
Email: ads@antiquetoyworld.com

Results of the Martin toys in the Dan Morphy Auction: Toy, General Collectibles, & Sneakers Date June 16 – 17, 2021

In this auction of Dan Morphy there are a few Fernand Martin toys and there are many more other beautiful pieces in this auction.

There are four Martin toys in this auction: Two lots of two French pre-war Martin wind-up toys
Date: June 16 – 17, 2021

Lot 1037 result $ 650
Lot 1038 result $ 700

Look for more auction informations : https://www.morphyauctions.com/auctions/

All prices are in US $ and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

Photos courtesy of Dan Morphy auctions

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Result of the Martin, Flersheim, Bonnet and S.i.j.i.m toys in the Antico mondo 89th Toy Auction june 2021

This auction contains a lot of Martin toys and a few very exceptional and rare pieces, look at the photos.

All prices are in Euro’s and without Buyer’s Premium and subject to errors.
Always check the auction site for the results.

See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/89_89_spielzeug_und_reklameauktion/a/38

We hope you enjoy reading and browsing through the new catalog!

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

MARTIN TOYS IN THE MILESTONE PREMIER TOY, CAST IRON & PRESSED STEEL SALE ON SATURDAY JUNE 26th 2021

PROUDLY PRESENTS :

THE MARGARET & JOEL WEISSMANN ANTIQUE TOY COLLECTION

Large collection of German, French, and English Toys.
Includes Automobiles, Boats, Airplanes, Hand Painted Toys, Go-Rounds, Penny Toys, Windup, and More!!!

Pressed Steel Trucks by Buddy L, Keystone, Steelcraft, Sturditoy, Marx, Smith Miller, Tonka, Turner, and More!!

Cast Iron Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Airplanes, & Boats by Hubley, Kenton, Champion, Arcade, and More!!

Collection of Cast Iron Mechanical & Still Banks

Collection of Tin Windups by Marx, Strauss, Unique Art, Chein, Linemar, Japan, and More!! Many with Boxes!!

Antique Doll Collection & Marble Collection!!
In this auction there are four Martin / Bonnet toys and a lot more beautiful other toys.

For the complete overview, Auction terms & Info, Shipping & Payment look at this site: https://milestoneauctions.hibid.com/auctions/

After the auction, I will publish the realized prices for these Martins.

Photos courtesy Milestone Auctions

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Very rare find.

A Martin, unknown to me, has been auctioned at a French toy auction at 22-05-2021 of SEQUANA SAS in Rouen.
This one was part of a bigger lot.
It wasn’t mentioned in the description so I don’t think the auctioneer and original owner knew that it could be a Martin.
I can’t place him in the range of well-known toys from Martin or one of his successors at the moment of the auction.

Seen on the right. Picture of the auction SEQUANA SAS
Sold at a auction for €3500 without any auction fees
His face

Recognizable is the face, it looks strong like a Martin, a typical Martin type Key, it has the movement and feet from a few Martin and Flersheim figures. Martin used this type of movement/feet from 1901, the first one was a toy with number 185 the “Le vieux marcheur” this type of feet and movement where used for several figures till in the Flersheim period.

look at his feet

I started comparing him with the well known Martin and Flersheim men and came to the conclusion that it must almost certainly be a Flersheim figure, which one?? I don’t know.
The Flersheim numbering is still incomplete and there are many ambiguities in the various books.
If we can find a corresponding box with number and name then another piece of the puzzle has been found.

Comparing the various faces of Flersheim men.

If anyone has more information, please email me at cor@vanschaijk.com

Fernand Martin and music for piano !

Adolphe Baroncelli known under the name of Adolphe Gauwin, born April 23, 1865 in the 16th arrondissement of Paris city where he died March 2, 1934 at his home in the 10th arrondissement, was a French composer.
His merits: more then 800 works
Sources: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Most of his compositions are under the name AD Gauwin. This composer has also released a few piano compositions in 1903, based on Fernand Martin’s toys as an example. At that time you could buy the compositions separately or as a bundle.

As you can see on the list, numbers 3 to 8 are names of well known Martin toys.
Numbers 1 and 2 are still questionable.
Could number 1 be the “Le Sonneur Endiablé “?
Could number 2 be the “Ma Portière”?
You should be able to watch the entire series to be sure, but they are very difficult to find, maybe one of the readers has the whole series ?? let me know.

But from this one, the number 8 on the chart above, it’s pretty clear.
And of this number 5 it is also very clear

Can anyone help me with more pictures from this piano music series? mail me cor@vanschaijk.com

French exposition St Petersburg 1901 and 1903

While Searching for interesting Martin related articles, I came across two interesting books (reports).
It are the reports of the exhibition catalogs of the French section at the international exposition in Saint Petersburg.
The first exhibition was held from 23-1901 to 23 January 1902 and the follow-up exhibition from 05-1903 to February 1904.
French toys were represented at both exhibitions.

1904 box label of the: Le pompier a l’echelle
In the list of exhibitions in which Marin participated, St. Petersburg 1901 and 1903 is mentioned

Why an exhibition in Russia (Saint Petersburg)
Due to the mutual quarrels of various countries in the late 1800s, friendships were dissolved and new friendships arose
France and Russia became good friends in those years, not only in terms of trade, but also militarily.
France and Russia had a (secret) treaty since 1893.

1901-1902

At the first exhibition 1901-1902 in St. Petersburg, Fernand Martin was responsible for the organization of the toy department.
This report was issued by the Secretary of Commerce, Industry, Post and Telegraphs
According to this report, the room dedicated to French toys was one of the busiest, the reason would be due to the universal reputation of the Paris toy industry, and based on:
-the superiority of its manufacture,
-the perfection of the craftsmanship,
-the elegance of the models
-the diversity of the constantly renewed creations,
Due to this reputation it could not help but attract an audience.
There was everything in the toy field to see from the cheapest toys to the most expensive.
The organization of the group of toy manufacturers was due to the initiative of Mr. Fernand Martin.
But the fight that French toys waged against German competition was very difficult because the price of labor in France was much higher than in Germany.
By making improvements to their tools, the French toy manufacturers were able to make up for the difference in cost.
The success at the Saint Petersburg exhibition was complete for the French toys and games. Most of the participating exhibitors had also taken part in the 1900 World’s Fair.

1903-1904

The second exhibition from 1903-1904:
This second report was also issued by the Minister of Trade, Industry, Post and Telegraphs
For the toy part the rapporteur was Leo Claretie.
After the great success of the first exhibition, Fernand Martin was enthusiastic to organize this second exhibition
But the enthusiasm among the toy manufacturers was very low this time.
Of course the toys had to play a large and prominent role again.
But it was not without some tension because of the very special situation of the French toy industry at that time.
Five or six years earlier there was only one group: “the French toy manufacturers”.
But now there are two groups, the big and the small manufacturers.
Increasing German competition forced manufacturers to produce faster and cheaply, but this required machinery, equipment, special tools and steam plants.
Only those who had the capital could follow the progress and fight back.
There were about one hundred and fifty at that time.
The small toy manufacturers were left isolated.
In 1901, the Prefect of Police, Mr Lépine, took care of them, made them compete, exhibited, encouraged and, brought them together.
In total there were about five hundred, grouped together in an association of French small manufacturers and inventors with Mr. Seigneurie as their president.
The major toy manufacturers argued not to participate in this exhibition because it was not cheap to exhibit, and they were all busy with the preparations for the St. Louis-World exhibition.

Exhibition 1903-1904 The French section with in the left corner the toy section with the Martin part

They also claimed that at the previous St. Petersburg exhibition, the toys were priced too high to be sold in Russia.
But that turned out to be a wrong argument, because on the first day of that exhibition, the representative received assignments weighing 400 kilos of Parisian toys within a few hours.
But Fernand Martin committed and with tireless tenacity managed to get some of his colleagues enthusiastic.
In the meantime, the group of small manufacturers also came to Martin and asked for permission to participaid in this exhibition.
But they could not and would not pay anything because they had no means of their own
However, it seemed to Martin that these small manufacturers were nevertheless interesting.
They were the traditional craftsmen of French toys.
By drawing up admission requirements for the 1903-1904 exhibition especially for their very exceptional and modest admission, it was still possible.
But Martin did not expect any resistance from any major manufacturers.
It turned out that in the group of small manufacturers there were some members who did not belong to the group of large manufacturers but who did have large workshops, many workers and good sales and therefore did not need to feel sorry.
So some had used their links with the small manufacturers to be included in “the small manufacturers group package“.
Because of this injustice many large manufacturers withdrew.
Very few large houses remained, while other factories were grouped under the beneficent banner of Mr. Seigneurie, which cost the organization more than it wanted and thought.
Ultimately, the Paris toys were represented by six major manufacturers and then by a community of small manufacturers consisting of twenty participants.

A part of the toy secion and on the left you see a part of the Martin toys

Pictures are “Free Public Domain” from the Getty Research Institute

Martin toys in the next Dan Morphy Auction: Toy, General Collectibles, & Sneakers, Date: June 16 – 17, 2021

In this auction of Dan Morphy there are a few Fernand Martin toys and there are many more other beautiful pieces in this auction.

There are four Martin toys in this auction: Two lots of two French pre-war Martin wind-up toys
Date: June 16 – 17, 2021

Lot 1037
Lot 1038

Look for more auction informations : https://www.morphyauctions.com/auctions/

After the auction, I will publish the realized price for these 2 lots with Martins.

Photos courtesy of Dan Morphy auctions

Regarding the objects described in this article, I do not make a statement about condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction

Results of the Martin toys in the Bertoia auction May 21-22 2021

THE PAUL COLE COLLECTION I
Friday, May 21 at 10am
Saturday, May 22 at 10am
TOYS | Friday: Lots 1-446
Trains | Saturday: Lots 447-866
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With a stellar train collection spoken of around the world and a massive toy collection rivaled by few, the auction series of the late Paul Cole will make for an exciting year of collecting. The sprawling collection includes some the rarest Marklin trains and accessories, near mint cast iron autos and toys, American tin and clockwork toys, penny toys, unusual European wind-up toys, and more. It is certainly a sale in which we encourage all to participate.

In this auction seven Martin/Bonnet toys and one S.I.J.I.M. are for sale

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