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1 FERNAND MARTIN TOYS WITH NUMBER:
2 FERNAND MARTIN TOYS NO NUMBER:
4 GEORGE FLERSHEIM TOYS:
5 VICTOR BONNET:
3 GENERAL:
6 MOVIES:
7 ART:
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Martin toy in the next Old Toy Soldier Auctions USA on Febr. 04 – 2023

Only 1 Fernand Martin toy in this auction, but a special and very early toy from 1885.
Martin produced two different ones.
Very rare and highly coveted by Fernand Martin collectors, but also by collectors of spinning tops.

Description of the auctioneer, Lot 2186

Extremely rare and desirable gyroscopic toy of a Balkan couple dancing by the French manufacturer Fernand Martin. Circa 1885. Rarely seen and highly sought after toy. Large scale, measures 75mm tall. Generally good complete condition (faded colors and paint loss) . Unboxed.

WILL BE AUCTIONED AT : https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/144068799_rare-fernand-martin-gyroscopic-balkan-dancing-couple

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

Photos courtesy Old Toy Soldier Auctions USA 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

Don’t miss the February 2023 issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine.

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine February 2023 :

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

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Last update: Januari 13-2023

CHAPTERS :

1 FERNAND MARTIN TOYS WITH NUMBER:
2 FERNAND MARTIN TOYS NO NUMBER:
3 GEORGE FLERSHEIM TOYS:
4 VICTOR BONNET:
5 GENERAL:
6 MOVIES:
7 ART:
8 OLD NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINS ARTICLES:

1 MARTIN TOYS WITH NUMBER:

105 les-pompiers-from-1887

110 -192 le-cab-the-hansom-cab

110 Le-Cab-from-1889

114 the-rabbit

116 le-traineau-russe-1892

120 le-jouet-de-pecheur-a-la-ligne-the-toy-fisher-with-a-line

121 la-bicyclette-martin-the-martin-bicycle

123-124 le-facteur-de-chemin-de-fer-the-railway-porter

124 le-facteur-de-chemin-de-fer-the-railway-porter

129 course-de-taureaux-the-bull-fighter

130 la-voiture-au-chien-attalage-flamand

147 ma-portiere-the-sweeping-lady-the-first-version

147 the-sweeping-lady-ma-portiere

149 le-treuil-a-marble-game-from-1895

151 laraignee-et-la-mouche-the-spider-and-the-fly

152 le-pantin-the-harlequin-in-two-versions

156 le-monocycle-aerien-the-aerial-monocycle

160 le-gai-violoniste-the-violin-player

160 le-gai-violoniste

167 le-petit-decrotteur-the-little-blackboot

172 number-172-and-172?

172 le-pochard

172 boxes-from-the-le-pochard

174-175 the-boer-war

175 the-boer-war

179 the-bamboula-dancer

188 “Le Charbonnier” – “Le Fort De La Halle”

192 le-cab-the-hansom-cab

193 bears-always-nice

193 l’ours-martin

197 firefighter-le-pompier-a-lechelle

197 197-le-bonhomme-a-lechelle

204 1906-la-boule-mysterieuse

205 la-course-en-sac-the-potato-bag-runner

211 the-squirrel-in-a-cage-from-1908

213 le-petit-culbuteur

216 l’ours-blanc-the-polar-bear

217 conquete-du-pole-nord

218 the-inventor-of-the-lautopatte

218 l’autopatte

221 la-chasse-au-rat

224 the-four-different-versions-of-the-le-petit-livreur

224 how-to-make-a-le-petit-livreur

2 FERNAND MARTIN TOYS NO NUMBER:

spinning-tops-the-walzing-couples

le-perroquet-the-silent-parrot

le-pantin-the-harlequin-in-two-versions

le-fameux-piocheur-the-man-with-the-pickaxe

le-livreur-description-of-the-patent-number-186948

question-la-perruche-1882

the-rope-jumping-girl-la-sauteuse-de-corde

le-livreur-from-1888

3 GEORGE FLERSHEIM TOYS:

228 le-motocycliste-enrange

The Homme de tranchée

half-a-fernand-martin

very-rare-find L’Ambulant ?

4 VICTOR BONNET:

246 and more: les-auto-transports-a-series-of-beautiful-trucks-and-tractors-made-by-victor-bonnet-2

246 les-auto-transports-series-246-le-deverseur

247 and more: victor-bonnet-pistols

248 – 250 les-auto-transports-series-248-tracteur-and-250-le-remorque

249 les-auto-transports-series-249-le-roulant

250 les-auto-transports-series-248-tracteur-and-250-le-remorque

252 tin-toy-clown-as-a-spinning-top

253 le-clown-orchestre

254 les-auto-transports-series-254-le-train-tortillard

259 l’entraineur-skiff

261 les-auto-transports-series-261-camion-gros-camionnage

261 advertising-on-the-side-of-the-gros-camionnage-261

265 the-voiture-nounou-poupon

266 a-new-discovery-of-a-martin-toy-made-by-victor-bonnet

discovered-an-original-bill-from-1933-by-victor-bonnet

found-a-victor-bonnet-account-overview-payment-reminder-from-1933

discovered-another-original-bill-from-1933-by-victor-bonnet

5 GENERAL:

the-numbering-of-the-fernand-martin-first-period

book-fernand-martin-toymaker-in-paris

change-of-martin-numbers-for-some-toys

different-martin-keys

rubber-band-drive

newly-discovered-original-catalog-by-fernand-martin

missing-pictures

personal-postcard-from-fernand-martin

fernand-martin-and-louis-vuitton

fernand-martin-and-postcards

is-this-toy-a-fernand-martin-toy

did-i-found-an-unknown-martin-toy-or-not

fernand-martin-toys-on-collecting-plates

postcards-with-martin-toys

visit-to-a-unique-museum-with-a-huge-collection-of-fernand-martin-toys

toy-museum-soltau-germany

visit-spielmuseum-soltau-in-germany

fernand-martin-and-music-for-piano

original-antique-photo-of-a-sale-booth-with-martin-toys

is-it-a-sentinel-or-a-soldier

happy-ads

fernand-martin-part-one

fernand-martin-part-two

fernand-martin-part-three

fernand-martin-part-four

fernand-martin-in-advertising

fernand-martin-imitations-be-careful-part-one

fernand-martin-imitations-be-careful-part-two

S.I.J.I.M.-toys-that-look-like-martin-toys

where-did-they-get-their-ideas

boxes-and-catalog-pictures-fernand-martin-toys-better-viewed

6 MOVIES: 

Movie: a-dream-of-toyland-1908

Movie: martin-flersheim-toys-on-film

Movie: antique-toys-on-a-short-film

PIET GUTTER

7 ART:

Linda Apple Part-1-martin-toy-used-in-art

Jacques Milet part-2-martin-toys-used-in-art

Unknown French painter Part-3-Martin toys used in art

Piet Gutter part-4-martin-toys-used-in-art

Louis Poyet very-small-etchings-from-1892-with-toys

Louis Poyet Louis-poyet and Martin

Cardona the-ma-portiere-as-a-piece-of-art

8 OLD NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINS ARTICLES:

small-sale-barracks-new-years-eve-in-paris

thursday-january-1-1914-le-petit-journal

french-exposition-st-petersburg-1901-and-1903

part-one-les-joujoux

part-two-les-joujoux

part-three-les-joujoux

part-four-les-joujoux

part-five-les-joujoux

article-about-the-10e-lepine-competition

toys-of-the-year

fernand-martin-toy-on-a-newspaper-of-1889

the-manufacture-of-fernand-martin-mechanical-toys-in-1902

L’autopatte

IN DECEMBER 2022 I MADE A BLOG ABOUT THE VERSION OF MR BOUCERON, NOW AN EXTENSIVE INTRODUCTION TO THIS SPECIAL TOY

The Mr. Boucheron version

There are three versions of this toy made by the Fernand Martin factory.
When the key is wound, the cart will go “backward” and the boy’s legs will move as if he were pushing the cart backward himself.

Dimension: length 20 cm / 7.8 inches.
Martin production number 218

It started with the version made by Mr. Boucheron This invention was exhibited on the “Lepine Concours” in 1909 and on this show Martin bought the rights and started to make it a salable version and that resulted in this version:

First Fernand Martin version 1910

Martin patented this toy in 1910

Part of the patent
Draft drawing belonging to the patent number 421.899

Not long after, Fernand Martin sold his factory to George Flersheim, who continued to produce some of the old toys, but often with some adjustments, other colors, etc.
Below the performance produced by George Flersheim.
The biggest difference is in the design of the closed wheels and the part with the fruit is not so well detailed anymore and of course also the Flersheim key.
Fernand Martin has released various colors of this toy and George Flersheim has also produced a number of color versions.

George Flersheim 1912

And then there is also a very special version with a case instead of the fruit, this version is very rare and it is not yet clear whether Martin or Flersheim produced it.
It is possible that this special version was produced on behalf of a customer, on this suitcase you can recognize a label of the large Parisian hotel “Grand Hotel”
This suitcase can also be seen on a special version of the Le Petit Livreur.

The wheels of the Martin model but the key of Flersheim, presumably 1912 (picture courtesy ET)

Small sale barracks and New Year’s Eve in Paris

Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France

Fernand Martin’s toys were often sold by street vendors and vendors in market stalls on the Paris promenades at the end of the year at Christmas and New Years, but life was hard for these vendors and during the bad weather of that year, practically earned nothing. Read this newspaper article.

Magazine: La Fonde December 1901

Poor street vendors! how sadly they spent the Christmas night that had not turned out to be what they had been waiting for weeks. The long faces, the dull eyes, they watch the rain fall slowly on the asphalt of the sidewalks, driving away the few little walkers. He cries in my heart when it rains on the city, they could have repeated with “Verlaine” (a French poet). Sales were indeed not very fruitful, the day was desperately gloomy yesterday and the evening was hardly more lively. So much effort, energy, patience and ingenuity that these brave people put into this traditional sale for months.

Picture from the magazine L’illustration Noël 27-Dec. 1902 (Magazine in my collection)

The toy competition organized by Mr Lépine had given the small manufacturers some hope; the public seemed to be interested in these humble inventors, and there was every reason to think that Christmas Eve would be a happy one, bringing a little joy and well-being to the households of the cheap-clothed toymakers. The more than gloomy weather has spoiled all these beautiful hopes, and we must hear the grievances of these poor devils who have made great sacrifices of themselves to promote these people. Small barracks, ugly and clumsy, but part of the old Parisian traditions. “But you managed to make some profit the day before yesterday,” I said to a tall, pale woman, who cast a sad look at the gaudy colored dolls lined up on the edge of her sales bench. “No ma’am. Although the weather was beautiful, and a really big crowd on the boulevard earlier in the evening, it was not the day of shopping. – What do you mean? – I mean by this: The custom is that on Christmas Eve we buy our presents, the day before we will only look, we make our choice, we compare the prices of the toys, but then don’t buy it yet. And lady, the hour of the sale may have come, when the weather is as bad as tonight, you understand that customers are in no rush to visit our stores. “Oh shit, we always think we’re going to make some money and instead we go home with more debt.” It is very unfortunate that instead of this ugly sad rain we did not have a nice evening, cold but very dry. Everyone would have benefited from it: the rich in gaiety, the poor in large pennies. Perhaps the stalls on New Year’s Day had never been so stocked with new and varied trinkets. Several toys had been exhibited in previous toy competitions. But then most were just more or less rough-edged models, here they are fresh and finished in their beautiful bright colors. It is the Santos-Dumont that doubles the platforms of the Eiffel Tower, it is the fighting

Courtesy Bertoia Auctionhous

Boer ( Le vaillant Boer Martin number 174-176 ? ) in question, who is so ingenious in its simplicity, the latest locomotive,

Courtesy Toymuseum in Soltau Germany

the automatic city police, ( Les agents Martin number 178).
It is the Englishman fighting an invisible enemy

Courtesy Bertoia Auctionhous

(Le Gentleman Khaki Martin number 175)
That still others must be mentioned among the mechanical toys. The few shoppers are told what’s new, they ask about the toys seen in the competition; For example, last night an old lady insisted that a merchant tell her where “Le Singe a la marmite” the monkey in the pot, by Frémiet, was sold.

Source gallica.bnf.fr: Le Figaro 24 November 1901

—”It’s for my grandson,” she said, “he will enjoy it very much.”  

— In vain, the shopkeeper offered her the most recent creations of articulated toys. The grandmother persisted. – No, no, it’s “the monkey in the pot” I want, I promised to bring it… “But I tell you I don’t have it,” replied the merchant angrily. Do you know that in order to produce this toy well it would have to be sold very dearly and then not for 2 fr. 95 which we could ask for like for all these dolls. And then, I don’t really want to say it, but this famous monkey is not that beautiful and to amuse children, there is still nothing like these old dolls… I had to smile at this naive joke which failed to convince the grandmother, for I saw her resume her pilgrimage in the rain past the little huts, dimly lit by the dim lights and quivering from the smoky oil lamps. I imitate her and continue my traditional visit to these varied displays, some of which are arranged with taste. Among the toys I find old acquaintances:

My collection

the goose that wobbles when he nods his head, ( L’oie Martin number 169)

My collection

the laundress who puts her arms in her bathtub,(La Blanchisseuse Martin number 171)

Courtesy Toymuseum in Soltau Germany

the mower that rhythmically shakes its small scythe (le Faucheur Martin number 170)

Street vendors who can’t afford to “stand on the boardwalk” send swarms of articulate beasts running down the muddy sidewalks: ladybugs, lizards, frogs, cockchafers, seals, it’s as if someone just knocked over Noah’s ark. There’s something for everyone, for all budgets, from the modest two-cent piece to the two-franc piece. Huddled under the porches or shrunk behind the canopies of the shops, the poor devils make a terrible noise to attract the attention of buyers, while looking out for the city police, the “police” as they call them in their own picturesque language. — Ask for the Christmas Angel — The latest novelty of the year. “What doesn’t this Christmas present have?” It’s deafening. And the raging wind violently shakes the huts and blows an icy rain in the faces of the few passers-by. Soon the boulevards are deserted and gloomy. The cafe terraces are empty and it is raining. It’s New Year’s Eve. Groups of night owls trying to be merry still roam as they sing choruses of café music, and as the gusts double their violence, a few revelers are still eating their dinner on New Year’s Eve. – We’re not eating now, I had to say to an old lady yesterday, we were bickering. “Oh! I should be ashamed, she moaned, if, despite my age, I had a stomach as weak as the one my daughter’s friends complain about. And in this connection I remembered the funny song “New Year’s Eve in two parts”, from Charles Monselet, – ( a French journalist, novelist, poet and playwright, nicknamed “the king of the gastronomes”) – But it doesn’t matter, it took hard vices to sustain this earthly lavishness.

MARIE-LOUISE NÉRON.

I wish all the visitors of my blog a:

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

Don’t miss the January 2023 issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine.

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine January 2023 :

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

The inventor of the L’Autopatte

We all know that Martin was not the inventor of all his toys himself.
Many of his toys were invented by small toy makers who took their inventions to the annual “Concours de Lépine” a competition in Paris to present and hopefully sell their inventions.
One of these inventors was Mr Boucheron from whom Martin has bought several inventions.
One of these inventions was the L’Autopatte.
On the box and the catalogue page of this Martin toy you can see that it won a “Grand Prix” price on the “Concours Lépine”.
In the magazine “La Nature” from 1909 page 204 a small article of this invention was described the L’auto-pattes

Catalogue Page

The translated description is as follows:

A production by M. Boucheron that solves wishes.
The L’ Autopatte is a motor vehicle a african boy sits in front of the person falling to the ground that is propelled in circular long durations.
The mechanism is simple.
A lever that performs the functions of the femur is placed in the extended mechanism where it is received in an arc.
A cam enhances this lever to move up and down.
Finally, each leg carries a lever.
The knee joints are more than primary.
The legs hang at the end of the knees.
But when the toy is walking, the controlled bars go up one by one, and the legs take the vertical position by their own weight, and when they are lowered, the legs touch the ground.
As the toy rolls, these feet stay on the ground for a short time and lengthen to return vertically to the next move.
Because this steering is alternate, the feet land on the ground one by one and the africa boy feels in fact he is actually responsible for the propulsion of the vehicle with his feet in reverse. –

Mr. Boucheron lived on the rue Rachel, in Vitry-sur-Seine.

In January 2023 a blog with more about this nice toy

RESULT OF THE MARTIN TOYS IN THE MILESTONE WINTER TOY EXTRAVAGANZA AUCTION SATERDAY DECEMBER 10th 2022

Milestone Auctions is proud to present this auction event. Many wonderful Toys will be offered in this 1 day sale! Collectors will have the chance to bid examples of many different categories of Antique Toys & Star Wars Toys!!

In this auction a large number of Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys, some with box

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

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

Result RSL Crème de la Crème Twenty Twenty-Two Auction December 3 and 4, 2022

THE SINGER AND KIDD COLLECTIONS

The RSL Auction Company is excited and pleased to announce a two-day Crème de la Crème sale which will be held Saturday, December 3, 2022, and Sunday, December 4, 2022. The sale will include fantastic selections of Toys, Still Banks, and Mechanical Banks from the 50-plus-year collections of Frank and Joyce Kidd, Ed and Naomi Singer, and Alvin Goldstein. The 40-year Doorstop collection of Mr. John Oppenheimer will be sold as well.

The RSL family has known the three bank and toys consignors since the early 1980s and considers them lifelong friends and mentors.  Frank, Joyce, Ed, and Alvin share a passion for collecting antique toys and banks and are eager to see their collections spread to future generations of collectors. 

​​We are truly honored to have been selected to sell these four world-famous collections.  

​IN THIS AUCTION IS ONE VERY RARE MARTIN TOY THAT WAS MADE IN 1913 IN THE GEORGE FLERSHEIM PERIOD.
MARTIN NUMBER 237
NAME: DAME DE LA CROIX ROUGE

Courtesy RSL Auctions —Result: $ 2250

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The result price is in US $ 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

Result of the Martin toys in the Antico mondo 95th Toy Auction December 2 and 3 -2022

The brandnew catalog of the 95th Toy Auction is online!

This auction features more than 2500 items of tin toys, trains, figures and model cars and this time with some Fernand Martin / Victor Bonnet toys.

This is a room bidding but you can also take part in the online bidding live via telephone, register your written predids or using the auction platforms lot-tissimo, the-saleroom and liveauctioneers and Sixbid you are able to to bid online. So you can submit your bids in real time during the auction. Therefor it is necessary to register on the platform of your choice not later than 24 hours before the auction starts.

The easiest way to participate in our auctions is to use our online catalogue. Here you can view all the items and directly place written pre-bids. See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/Auktionen/Alle

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

All 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 obj

MARTIN TOYS IN THE MILESTONE WINTER TOY EXTRAVAGANZA AUCTION SATERDAY DECEMBER 10th 2022

Milestone Auctions is proud to present this auction event. Many wonderful Toys will be offered in this 1 day sale! Collectors will have the chance to bid examples of many different categories of Antique Toys & Star Wars Toys!!

In this auction a large number of Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys, some with box

Wonderful collection of Robots and Space Toys! Includes “Diamond Planet Robot” & More!!!

Great selection Star Wars Figures! Many Graded!! Includes 12-Back A Vinyl Cape Jawa AFA 80+
Great collection of Early Mickey Mouse & Disney Toys, Popeye Toys, and More Character Toys!

Many tin Windups by Marx, Chein, Lindstrom, Ohio Art, Wyandotte, and Linemar, More!! Many with original Boxes!!

Rare Marx Prototypes!!

Great selection of Hand Painted German Toys, Lehmanns, Distler, Gunthermann, and More!!

Plus great collection of Pressed Steel Trucks by Buddy L, Keystone, American National, Keystone, Tonka, and More!!!

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

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

Le Cab (The Hansom Cab)

Three “different” versions of the “Le Cab” were made in the period between 1889 and 1919.

These vehicles were the means of transport in the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they were actually the first taxis

THE FIRST VERSION NUMBER 110 FROM 1889

Fernand Martin launched his first version of the Le Cab in 1889, the differences with the later version from 1903 and 1912 can be recognized by the following points:
The 1889 version compared to the 1903 and 1912 models:
-The carriage had no passenger section. (it’s closed on the front)
-The wheels have 8 spokes, (the 1903 and 1912 versions have 10 spokes)
-Closed-side windows. (Only painted windows in red)
-Driven by a flywheel mechanism.
-This edition has 35 metal separate parts, (that is what you can count on the drawing), to build and complete the hole toy.
That did not include the rein so actually 36 parts in total.

This first version of the Le Cab is very very rare and hard to find, so far I only know a few copies :
–1 in the collection of the Parisian museum: Musée des arts et Métiers this one was part of the gift from Fernand Martin to the museum in 1908.
–1 sold a few years ago at the French dealer l’Orangerie – François Binetruy, this one also came with an original box.
–1 auctioned in 2019 in France
–1 copy in my own collection.
But there will probably still be some other copies in museums or collections over the world.

The Le Cab from 1889 in parts.

Below you see an original box label and an image from the original catalog.
If you look very closely you will see differences between the box label and the catalog image.
1- The four corners of the box label are not richly decorated.
2- Below the triangle with number 138 are on the box label data of various gold medals that Martin has won.
3- the “instructions” are different in width and the number of lines is different, on the box label the lines are wider then on the catalog image.
4- Below the legs of the horse the text “Made In France” appears on the catalog image and not on the box label.
5- On the right and left of the FM logo are small decorations on the box label.

Photo courtesy of l’Orangerie – François Binetruy
Page from the 1908 catalog from my own collection

There is one known copy complete with box, so very rare.
This box is numbered with number 110
On the inside of the passenger seat there is the imprint of the Fernand Martin factory

mirror image text seen from the outside
Legible text seen from the inside
Photo courtesy of l’Orangerie – François Binetruy

SECOND VERSION NUMBER 192 FROM 1903

In 1903 Martin released this same toy again in a slightly modified version, now with a passenger section and also open side windows, a clockwork drive and a complete new box label.
It got number 192.

Photo courtesy of Bertoia auctions
from my own collection; left the 1889 version, middle the 1903 version, right the 1912 George Flersheim version

The coach of this 1903 version came in the black / red color combination.
The drive was now a wind-up mechanism and with the recognizable Martin key.
This toy was marked on the inside of the passenger section and on the backsite above the key .

THE FLERSHEIM VERSION NUMBER 192 FROM 1912

In the Flersheim period from 1912, the Le Cab was re-released, the version was almost the same as the Martin version from 1903 and the Martin number remained the same with 192.
This version is only marked on the roof with the well nown triangel marker. This version also had a wind-up mechanism but now with a Martin or Flersheim key.
It was sold in multiple colors.

I have come across this Flersheim version with the coach, so far, in the following colors
Lower part of the sides – Upper part of the sides – the top of the roof.
-Brown – brown – brown.
-Blue – black – black.
-Green – green – green.
-Blue – blue – black.

2 images from my own collection (brown en bleu one), 1 from a private collection (green one and 1 image ( black/bleu one) with courtesy of Bertoia auctions

What is also striking in this version and recognizable as Flersheim is that with all Flersheim models I have seen, the fixing tabs for fixing the back, are facing backwards.
With the Martin version, these tabs are always facing inwards.

Left the Martin version ——————–Right the Flersheim versions

Yet another deviation is that for the toys of which the carriage is completely colored, (the green and light brown version) the colors appear to be “sprayed”, but that they were only sprayed after the carriage was already partially assembled.
If you look closely at the carriage, you will find color residues on the drive section, the rods to the horse, but only on the inside at the location of the wind-up mechanism, the key and also on the inside of the rear lower protruding ornament parts.

The same horse was used many years by Martin, Flersheim and Victor Bonnet for divers toys: from 1890 the Don Quichotte, the horse with a cover
number 110 Le Cab version with fly wheel made by Fernand Martin in 1889
number 122 Le Courrier Parisien made by Fernand Martin in 1892
number 192 Le Cab version with a wind-up mechanism made by Fernand Martin in 1903
number 192 Le Cab version with a wind-up mechanism made by George Flersheim in 1912
number 194 de La Voiture A Bitume made by Fernand Martin in 1906
number 203 de Le Laboureur made by Fernand Martin in 1906
number 255 La Charrette Paysanne made by Victor Bonnet in 1927

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

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine December 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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RSL Crème de la Crème Twenty Twenty-Two Auction December 3 and 4, 2022

THE SINGER AND KIDD COLLECTIONS

The RSL Auction Company is excited and pleased to announce a two-day Crème de la Crème sale which will be held Saturday, December 3, 2022, and Sunday, December 4, 2022. The sale will include fantastic selections of Toys, Still Banks, and Mechanical Banks from the 50-plus-year collections of Frank and Joyce Kidd, Ed and Naomi Singer, and Alvin Goldstein. The 40-year Doorstop collection of Mr. John Oppenheimer will be sold as well.

The RSL family has known the three bank and toys consignors since the early 1980s and considers them lifelong friends and mentors.  Frank, Joyce, Ed, and Alvin share a passion for collecting antique toys and banks and are eager to see their collections spread to future generations of collectors. 

​​We are truly honored to have been selected to sell these four world-famous collections.  

​IN THIS AUCTION IS ONE VERY RARE MARTIN TOY THAT WAS MADE IN 1913 IN THE GEORGE FLERSHEIM PERIOD.
MARTIN NUMBER 237
NAME: DAME DE LA CROIX ROUGE

Courtesy RSL Auctions

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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

Result Martin toys Bertoia Annual Fall Auction November 17-18, 2022

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Featuring the last toys from Bob Brady’s collection, the complete Jack White Mechanical Bank collection, Kingsbury from Michael Yolles, an elite private Japanese Robot collection, and the Christmas collection of Curtis & Linda Smith.

Collectors will not want to miss this auction. Signature grade Day 1 selections to include the last toys from Bob Bradys home shelves, the complete Jack White mechanical bank collection, an astonishing assortment of European tin toys and boats, Kingsbury from Michael Yolles along with other pressed steel toys, and an outstanding Japanese Robot collection to draw worldwide attendance.

Day 2 will begin with over 250 lots of Christmas and holiday items highlighted by the wonderful Christmas collection of Curtis & Linda Smith. Also included are Steiff bears, German skittles sets, dollhouses, and Schoenhuts. The second half of the day will include a large mix of European tinplate toys, surely to attract a wide audience.

In this auction there are on the first day, four lots with some very rare Martin toys, but of course there are many more beautiful and interesting toys in this auction.

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Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with registration, bidding or any other questions.

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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

Antico mondo 95th Toy Auction December 2 and 3 -2022

The brandnew catalog of the 95th Toy Auction is online!

This auction features more than 2500 items of tin toys, trains, figures and model cars and this time with some Fernand Martin / Victor Bonnet toys.

This is a room bidding but you can also take part in the online bidding live via telephone, register your written predids or using the auction platforms lot-tissimo, the-saleroom and liveauctioneers and Sixbid you are able to to bid online. So you can submit your bids in real time during the auction. Therefor it is necessary to register on the platform of your choice not later than 24 hours before the auction starts.

The easiest way to participate in our auctions is to use our online catalogue. Here you can view all the items and directly place written pre-bids. See the catalog in the link below. You can also read the catalog in English

Catalog : https://auktionen.anticomondo.de/en/Auktionen/Alle

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

Result Fernand Martin toys in the “JOUETS DE COLLECTION” Galerie de Chartres auction on November 12 – 2022

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.

Lot number 347-349-350-351-352 and 353. pictures Courtesy Galerie de Chartres

Auction:

In the morning From N° 1 to 274: Quiralu: beautiful collection of M. B. – Various soldiers – Military toys – Games – Documentation – Meccano – Steam engines.
In the afternoon From N° 281 to 619: Japanese toys: battery toys – Mechanical toys – Exceptional curiosities: two Rock and Graner catalog albums from the mid-19th century and several late-19th-century fountain castles – Boats including the Leopold II with spur by Märklin – Motorbikes – More of 80 planes – Pedal cars – Automobiles – André Citroën and from 1900 to 1960.

See this link for the entire collection to be auctioned: https://www.interencheres.com/meubles-objets-art/jouets-de-collection-313264/

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

All 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

Result Fernand Martin toys in the Jack Tempest Toy Collection Auction on the 10th November 2022.

This auction takes place at the auction house Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers in England.

In this auction there are two lots with Fernand Martin toys, one is a very rare Fernand Martin toy from 1894 the Attalage Flamand, but of course there are many more beautiful and interesting toys.

Lot number 26: Result £ 2.250,00
Lot number 49: Result £ 720,00

For the complete overview, Auction terms & Info, Shipping & Payment look at the site of auction house Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers https://www.adampartridge.co.uk/

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

The Jack Tempest Toy Collection Auction on the 10th November 2022.

This auction takes place at the auction house Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers in England.

In this auction there are two lots with Fernand Martin toys, one is a very rare Fernand Martin toy from 1894 the Attalage Flamand, but of course there are many more beautiful and interesting toys.

Lot number 26
Lot number 49

You can bid on these toys via:
The salesroom: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/adampartridge/catalogue-id-adam-p10281
Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers : https://live.adampartridge.co.uk/m/view-auctions/catalog/id/298

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

The auction is in British pounds

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

Change of Martin numbers for some toys.

In the Martin books known to us, a few figures are included with, as it turns out, the wrong number.
Here are the adjustments, after these adjustments, there are still a few toys without a number.

This blog is made with help of Bruno Cirla and Christophe Feraud from Massilia Toys in Marseille, my big thanks for this

ADJUSTMENTS:

Number 174 and 176
The numbers 174 and 176 have probably been swapped because evidence has been found that the Le Balayeur has number 174:
174 old number Le Vaillant Boer must be new Le Balayeur
176 old number Le Balayeur must be new Le Vailant Boer

Courtesy Massilia toys

In the Martin literature and books number 180 is given to The Policemen but it turns out number 180 is for the toy: “Present arms” God save the king.

number 180 “Present arms”, God save the King is an sentinel (probably only for the English market including the, in that time, colony of Canada, on the catalog picture there is extra text that has a link to Londen, see below on the picture the text: C&E LONDON

Present arms God save the King. Courtesy Bertoia auctions
Courtesy Massilia toys
Box label

We see that number 180 was been given to The Policemen, (Bobby) made for the Englisch market, but The Policemen must have number 181.

Courtesy Massilia toys

But in the Martin literature and the books number 181 has been given to the Garçon de cafè, what number the Garçon de cafè should now have is not yet clear.

In the Martin books number 182 is given to the postman: Le télégraphiste but it turns out that number 182 is for The Sentinel, what number the postman will get is not yet known.

The Englisch: The Sentinel 182 Courtesy Spielmuseum Soltau Germany
Courtesy Massilia toys

number 182 The Sentinel (probably only for the English market including the, in that time, colony of Canada) see the picture of the figure with the bear hat below.

number 183 La Sentinelle (a series of presumably 3 soldier figures: French – Russian – and Italian) These 3 Sentinelles are mentioned in Martin’s gift to the Musée des arts et métiers Paris in 1908.

Courtesy Massilia toys
Courtesy Spiel Museum Soltau Germany

OVERVIEUW NEW NUMBERS

Changes in the book: FERNAND MARTIN toymaker in Paris 1878-1912

174 Le Balayeur.
176 Le Vaillant Boer.
180 “Present arms” God save the king.
181 The Policemen (Englisch market)
The waiter: Le Garçon de cafe NO NUMBER UNTIL NOW.
182 The Sentinel (Englisch market)
The Postman: Le télégraphiste NO NUMBER UNTIL NOW.
183 La Sentinelle 3 soldiers French- Russian and Italian

My question to the readers:

Now I am looking for other missing numbers
If there is someone who can give me one or more of these missing or the correct numbers, I would be very happy, and if you can help me, mail me: cor@vanschaijk.com .
It’s about:
The right number for the Soldat French – English – Belgian – Russian – Portuguese, These numbers are available: 235-236-239-242-243-244-245

Courtesy Bertoia auctions

The postman: Le télégraphiste, WHAT IS HIS NUMBER??

Courtesy Bertoia auctions

The waiter, Le Garçon de cafè, WHAT IS HIS NUMBER??

Bertoia Annual Fall Auction November 17-18, 2022

Featuring the last toys from Bob Brady’s collection, the complete Jack White Mechanical Bank collection, Kingsbury from Michael Yolles, an elite private Japanese Robot collection, and the Christmas collection of Curtis & Linda Smith.

Collectors will not want to miss this auction. Signature grade Day 1 selections to include the last toys from Bob Bradys home shelves, the complete Jack White mechanical bank collection, an astonishing assortment of European tin toys and boats, Kingsbury from Michael Yolles along with other pressed steel toys, and an outstanding Japanese Robot collection to draw worldwide attendance.

Day 2 will begin with over 250 lots of Christmas and holiday items highlighted by the wonderful Christmas collection of Curtis & Linda Smith. Also included are Steiff bears, German skittles sets, dollhouses, and Schoenhuts. The second half of the day will include a large mix of European tinplate toys, surely to attract a wide audience.

In this auction there are on the first day, four lots with some very rare Martin toys, but of course there are many more beautiful and interesting toys in this auction.

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

“JOUETS DE COLLECTION” Galerie de Chartres auction on November 12 – 2022

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.

Number 347-349-350-351-352 and 353. pictures Courtesy Galerie de Chartres

Auction:

In the morning From N° 1 to 274: Quiralu: beautiful collection of M. B. – Various soldiers – Military toys – Games – Documentation – Meccano – Steam engines.
In the afternoon From N° 281 to 619: Japanese toys: battery toys – Mechanical toys – Exceptional curiosities: two Rock and Graner catalog albums from the mid-19th century and several late-19th-century fountain castles – Boats including the Leopold II with spur by Märklin – Motorbikes – More of 80 planes – Pedal cars – Automobiles – André Citroën and from 1900 to 1960.

See this link for the entire collection to be auctioned: https://www.interencheres.com/meubles-objets-art/jouets-de-collection-313264/

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

Result toy auction OKT. 26- 2022 in Chinon France by Selarl Christophe Herbelin

Important sale of old toys including more than 6000 lead soldiers, N gap trains, 100 mechanical toys in sheet metal, old dolls and barbie. In this auction there are also some FERNAND MARTIN and VICTOR BONNET TOYS.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get permission to use their photos, so here’s the list with the results:
Lot number : 320 Le pochard € 550,00
Lot number : 321 Le chinois € 1.550,00
Lot number : 322 Le pompier € 320,00 model Fernand Martin
Lot number : 323 Le gay violonist € 400,00
Lot number : 340 Le petit pianiste € 550,00
Lot number : 344 L’autopatte € 450,00 model Victor Bonnet
Lot number : 347 Le petit livreur € 350,00 model Victor Bonnet
Lot number : 349 Le Pigeon ramier € 140,00
Lot number : 380 La boule mystérieuse € 650,00

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 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: Route 32 toy auction October 21 2022

In this auction were approximately 530 lots of vintage and antique planes, trains, and automobiles. There will be something for everyone’s inner child. Truly the best way to put the play in your displays and collections.

In this toy auction there were 4 Fernand Martin and Victor Bonnet toys.

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https://www.liveauctioneers.com/auctioneer/6311/route-32-auctions/

https://www.proxibid.com/asp/AuctionsByCompany.asp?ahid=11007

All prices are in US $ 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

Toy auction OKT. 26- 2022 in Chinon France by Selarl Christophe Herbelin

Important sale of old toys including more than 6000 lead soldiers, N gap trains, 100 mechanical toys in sheet metal, old dolls and barbie. In this auction there are also some FERNAND MARTIN and VICTOR BONNET TOYS.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get permission to use their photos, so here’s the list.
Lot number : 320 Le pochard
Lot number : 321 Le chinois
Lot number : 322 Le pompier
Lot number : 323 Le gay violonist
Lot number : 340 Le petit pianiste
Lot number : 344 L’autopatte
Lot number : 347 Le petit livreur
Lot number : 349 Le Pigeon ramier
Lot number : 380 La boule mystérieuse

For more information see the French bidding site : https://www.interencheres.com/meubles-objets-art/jouets-anciens-soldats-de-plomb-trains-jouets-mecaniques-poupees-313373/

All prices on the biddingsite are in € (Euro)

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

My latest rare Martin acquisition from 1889

A few weeks ago I was able to add another rare Martin to my collection.
It is a Martin from the first period and is from the year 1889
Martin started in 1878 so this is a fairly early copy
He later released this model again in 1903 in a modified version and later after 1912 Flersheim also put this model on the market again.
This first 1889 version is the Le Cap with product number 110

So far I know the existence of 4 of these rare versions from 1889

In the book Fernand Martin Toymakers in Paris 1878-1912 by Lourens Bas he is depicted on pages 52 and 53 with the number 25 assigned by the authors, later research shows that the correct number must be 110.
Martin started with product number 100 see my blog : https://fernandmartintoys.nl/the-numbering-of-the-fernand-martin-first-period-who-can-help-me/
The aforementioned book contains two photographs from the collection of the Parisian museum: Musée des arts et Métiers.
One of these photos is an exploded version of the second version from 1903 and the photo on page 53 is the old version from 1889.

Soon I will publish an extensive blog about the various Le Cap versions with all their differences.

Result of the Martins in the Bertoia October 14-15, 2022 auction: the Schroeder III | Abby’s Attic Finds

Friday & Saturday | October 14-15, 2022
Abby’s Attic Finds & the Entertainment Community Fund

The reinvigorating Americana toy collection which has already hailed over $5 Million at auction has one more round of excitement! Over 150 mechanical banks are matched with stills, early clockwork toys, candy containers, paper lithographed pieces, and numerous examples of rarities which only turn up in a spectacular 60 year old collection.

In this auction there are two lots with Martin toys, but of course there are many more beautiful and interesting toys in this auction

Lot 243 result $ 600
Lot 244 result $ 850

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

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

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine November 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

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

I also published this article in the: Antique Toy World issue September 2022

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.

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 family of vehicles: Les-Auto-Transports

At Victor Bonnet someone came up with a family of products with standard building blocks that could be reused within the “Les Auto-Transports” family, which can already be clearly seen on the fronts of the five various trucks and tractors.

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. 

At the front of all five models is a handle with which you can drive the car in a straight line or in circles.

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.  

246 Le Déverseur

Victor Bonnet was the first successor to Fernand Martin who started producing cars
He released a series of trucks and 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 push the handle back a bit, 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, 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 boxen 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 it make 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.

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 another one with a different nose/bonnet in the color: red body with a bleu loading area. That 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.

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/truck 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), and there are two different rear wheel placement options, one in a short base and one in a long base.

Because I rarely come across this short wheelbase, I suspect that this short wheelbase was only used in the early period and was later replaced by the long wheelbase, this long wheelbase also had a simpler winding motor and was also used with the “Le Train Tortillard”, this naturally resulted in cost savings.


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 two roof supports
without mounting holes for the roof supports
Two differend trailers the left one is the most common, the right one is quite rare, this trailers I only encountered in a brown/yellow color with a green fabric tarpaulin.

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 from the long base model with the winding motor and the start stop mechanism
The bottom from the short base model with the winding motor and the start stop mechanism

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/brown, 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.

text on the inside of the transport section
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” number 249, the later model number 261 has a fabric tarpaulin, no longer had a print on the bottom of the transport section and no text plate on the back of the cabin.
This model 261 will be found even more.

The 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

254 Le Train Tortillard

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.

Top left, trailer with the tinplate attachment — top right, an empty trailer with a different mounting hook as the left trailer –bottem left, with a wooden barrel –bottom right, with an inlay representing coal

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.

261 Camion: Gros Camionnage

The “Camion” (no. 261), it was the last truck from the series Les-Auto-Transports.  

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.

I have come across this truck in the colors BLEU, RED and YELLOW, the fabric 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 “Le Roulant”).
In the base the “Le Roulant” with number 249 was given a fabric tarpaulin with text, the “brand” stamp on the bottom of the cargo area has disappeared, the text plate on the back of the cabin disappeared and it get a text on the fabric tarpaulin “Gros Camionnage”.

Box Label

Versions of this truck are known with various advertising texts.

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 labels and in the catalog

I found some models with a different text.

In 2021 I found in an 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 fabric tarpaulin: “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”

“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 big customers or suppliers.

Image references:
The various pictures are with permission from Bertoina Auctions, Antico Mondo Auctions, Spielmuseum Soltau Germany, Maître Philippe CASAL, my own collection and private collectors.
The pictures from Renault trucks are from the © Archives privées Renault (with permission of Laurent Dingli. http://louisrenault.com/ )
Picture: Les Camions Renault 1928 is from Wikimedia Commons and is in the public domain ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/public_domain )

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Bertoia October 14-15, 2022 , Martins in the Schroeder III | Abby’s Attic Finds

Friday & Saturday | October 14-15, 2022
Abby’s Attic Finds & the Entertainment Community Fund

The reinvigorating Americana toy collection which has already hailed over $5 Million at auction has one more round of excitement! Over 150 mechanical banks are matched with stills, early clockwork toys, candy containers, paper lithographed pieces, and numerous examples of rarities which only turn up in a spectacular 60 year old collection.

In this auction there are two lots with Martin toys, but of course there are many more beautiful and interesting toys in this auction

Lot 243
Lot 244

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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

Fernand Martin – le Traîneau Russe 1892

(update of an article from 2019)

Both photos courtesy of Michael Bertoia Autions

This sled with horse is a special and very wanted toy.
It is a Fernand Martin from the first period, mentioned in the well-known books under number 40, according to the new discoveries it must be number 116 (see the catalog immage below) , produced from 1892
This toy is 20cm (7.87 inch) long and 10cm (3.94 inch) high
The sled contains a clockwork drive with a different key as we are used to, this is one of the “deviations” of the keys that we know.

It is probably made especially for the Russian market because the currently known boxes and the image in an original old catalog are provided with a Russian text.

Image from a catalog from 1898 with Martin product number 116

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”

Picture from the magazine la Nature 1892 pag.89 Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

In the first drawing you see the parts that are needed to make the sled, there are 44 pictured but I have to mention that in total only 33 parts are needed because the drawing contains various parts in the unprocessed and processed state.
As an example, part number 3 is the same as part 5, number 11 is the same as number 13 and there are a few more examples.
The only part that is not show is the reins.

Picture from the magazine la Nature 1892 pag.89 Source: (Cnum – Digital Conservatory of Arts and Crafts – http://cnum.cnam.fr)

On the second drawing you see the compleet toy and a section of the mechanism.

An image of the LE TRAINEAU RUSSE on a collector card from Chocolat Louit

Conquete du pole Nord

Almost the same sled was used 17 years later in 1909 number 217 by Martin for the “Conquete du pole Nord” Discovery of the North Pole.
This toy was made by Martin in honor of the conquest of the North Pole by US Navy engineer Robert Peary, who claimed to have reached the Pole on April 6, 1909.
Martin takes another figure on the sled of the “le Traîneau Russe” and instead of the horse he used four dogs and added a pole.
The sled is connected to the pole by means of a string and, after winding, drive around the pole

Number 217 – la conquête du pole nord 1909

Martin toys in the next: Route 32 toy auction October 21 2022

This auction will have approximately 530 lots of vintage and antique planes, trains, and automobiles. There will be something for everyone’s inner child. Truly the best way to put the play in your displays and collections.

In this toy auction there are 4 Martin and Victor Bonnet toys.

For the complete overview, Auction terms & Info, Shipping & Payment look at this site: https://www.route32auctions.com/

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https://www.proxibid.com/asp/AuctionsByCompany.asp?ahid=11007

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

Fernand Martin, The squirrel in a cage from 1908

Picture courtesy toy museum Soltau Germany

A tin toy made in 1908 with the Fernand Martin product number 211 and the French name is: Le Petit Écureuil Vivant

Dimensions: 22 x 15 cm ( 8,66 inches x 5,91 inches )

page from the 1908 catalog

Mr Léonin Noguier from Paris was the designer in 1906 of this toy and had the patent.
In an article about the “Concours de Lépine” in the newspaper La Liberté from September 21, 1906, this toy was already recommended.
Martin, presumably during this “Concours de Lépine in 1906”, bought the rights to this patent from Mr. Noguier to make this toy a success.
These toys are regularly offered at various fairs and auctions.

On the side is a winding key, after winding the blue part with the bars starts to rotate around and it looks like the squirrel is running.

Pictures from auctions on the side: Live auctioneers

In the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, squirrels locked in a rather small cage were very popular.
Many models have been produced and you can see where Martin got his inspiration from.
An area to rest, eat and sleep and a running wheel for the squirrel to run in.
You can still see this walking wheel in current modern hamster cages.
The old antique models are mainly made of wood and tin.

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Result of the Martin toys in the Antico mondo 94th Toy Auction 8 till 10 September 2022

The brandnew catalog of the 94th Toy Auction is online!

More than 3000 lots of Tin Toys, Trains, Figures, Model Cars, Space Toys as well as historical advertising will be auctioned and this time with tree Martin / Vebe toys

Auction lot number 6460 result: € 850
Auction lot number 6468 result: € 950
Auction lot number 6469 result: € 360

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/94th_auction/a/43

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

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 condition or value.
I advise interested collectors always do to research yourself, to view the object or to contact the seller / auction
Geplaatst in About Fernand Martin

Is it a sentinel or a soldier ?

Martin and Flersheim have made a lot of military, but the most collectors often has no idea what the differences are, Martin and Flersheim used the names SENTINEL and SOLDIER.
The names SENTINEL and SOLDIER are often misused in literature, at auctions and in advertisements.
A sentinel (in French Sentinelle) is a person whose job is to stand and keep watch.
A soldier (in French Soldat) is a person who is a member of an army A provisional list of soldiers and sentinels produced by Martin and Flersheim, this list contains a number of uncertain things such as the correct numbers and names.

MARTIN:

The Gentleman in Khaki a soldier (probably only for the English market including the, in that time, colony of Canada) in the advertising described as a soldier

From the Canadian Nerlich & Co Toronto : Fall holiday catalog 1900/1901 (Public Domain from: The Internet Archive

Le Vaillant Boer is a soldier

Left: Courtesy Bertoia auctions Richt: Picture from the French catalog: Maison Dorée Dec. 01. 1900

Present arms, God save the King is an sentinel (probably only for the English market including the, in that time, colony of Canada)

Present arms God save the King. Courtesy Bertoia auctions


The Sentinel (probably only for the English market including the, in that time, colony of Canada) see the picture of the figure with the bear hat below.

The Englisch: The Sentinel Courtesy Spielmuseum Soltau Germany


La Sentinelle (a series of presumably 3 sentinel figures: French – Russian and Italian)

The French La Sentinelle. Courtesy Bartoia auctions

FLERSHEIM:

number 232 Soldat Bulgare
number 238 Soldat Marocain
numbers ?? Soldat French – English – Belgian – Russian – Portuguese, The next numbers are available: 235-236-239-242-243-244-245. The real numbers are not yet been found.

Soldat Bulgare. Courtesy Bartoia auctions
Nos Alliés, soldat Marocain”. Courtesy Bartoia auctions

My question to the readers:
If there is someone who can give me one or more of the missing or the correct numbers, I would be very happy, and if you can help me, mail me: cor@vanschaijk.com .
I’m looking for the right number for the Soldat French – English – Belgian – Russian – Portuguese, These numbers are available: 235-236-239-242-24

happy ads

We see that Martin toys are regularly depicted in magazines and in store catalogs, normally they look exactly like the original toy, so clearly recognizable, but it can also be different.
I particularly noticed two articles in old magazines, the toys are clearly Martins but now depicted in a cheerful free interpretation but yet clearly recognizable, the toy has come to “life”.

The first two pages below are pictured in the monthly magazine: Revue des Nouveautés from January 1910 and the last page I found it in the Catalogue Inventions Nouvelles la Maison S. Dick from 1908

Sorry but I don’t have a better picture

Antico mondo 94th Toy Auction 8 till 10 September 2022

The brandnew catalog of the 94th Toy Auction is online!

More than 3000 lots of Tin Toys, Trains, Figures, Model Cars, Space Toys as well as historical advertising will be auctioned and this time with tree Martin / Vebe toys

Auction lot number 6460
Auction lot number 6468
Auction lot number 6469

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/94th_auction/a/43

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
Geplaatst in About Fernand Martin

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

Don’t miss the September 2022 issue of the Antique Toy World Magazine and this month 6 pages with an overview of the Victor Bonnet “Les Auto Transports “

An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine September 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

Victor Bonnet pistols.

Victor Bonnet has taken over the Flersheim factory in 1919, Victor Bonnet started making small tin pistols somewhere around 1925.
He started with his first model the Pan-Pan and ended ( as far as we know) with the Le Corsaire model.
After the relocation of the production of the Victor Bonnet factory in 1933, we no longer find pistols in the product range.
Probably is that the Victor Bonnet & Cie-in-liquidation, sold the patents and trademarks of guns/pistols to JEP.
In an JEP wholesalers catalog from July 1936, I found pistols with the same names as given in the production period of Victor Bonnet till 1933.

The Victor Bonnet list with pistol models with article numbers
Le Pan-Pan 247
Flac 256
Bombarde 257
Le Pétard 258
Tape_Fort 262
Le Sans-Balle 264
Le Costaud 266
Le Corsaire 269

As an example a page from a JEP catalog
Part of the page above.

In this enlarged part of the catalog page we see all the known Victor Bonnet pistol names except for one toy and that is number 1021 the Le Baby, that was a very small model with a length of 9.5cm.
Maybe this model also comes from Victor Bonnet but I have no certainty about that so far.

If we search in old JEP catalogs we still find many of these models back to 1961, so they have been in production at JEP for about 25 years.
If you take Victor Bonnet’s oldest model, the PanPan, it has even been in production for more than 35 years at the Victor Bonnet factory and the JEP factory together, but we see that the models have been modified and “modernized”

Here we see that the names are the same but that the some models have been modified and “modernized” (catalog early 60’s )
Details from the early 60’s catalog
The JEP model: Pan Pan

Recognize the differences between the Victor Bonnet and the older JEP pistols:

Both manufacturers have the name of the gun on one side and the name of the manufacturer on the other side. The image of the text may also deviate slightly, straight or curved. To make it clear, here is some examples of the “Bombarde” and the “Pan-Pan” models.

THE BOMBARDE: left the JEP and on the right the Victor Bonnet version
The PAN-PAN: left the JEP and on the right the Victor Bonnet version

Two more blogs about the Victor Bonnet pistols:
https://fernandmartintoys.nl/discovered-another-original-bill-from-1933-by-victor-bonnet/
https://fernandmartintoys.nl/discovered-an-original-bill-from-1933-by-victor-bonnet/


TOYS OF THE YEAR 

A newespaper revieuw from a visit at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900

Our colleague Le Temps did his little research on the toy of the year.

He gives the following funny details: What new species will we find? As a toy, surprisingly, we didn’t really see anything new; Already known mechanisms and genres have simply been applied to reality. First of all, here’s “Le Vaillant Boer” (Martin number 174 ),

a little man dressed in gray and beard, cartridge holder on his shoulder, felt hat over his ears, rifle at the ready. You turn the mechanics and the brave farmer starts spinning from right to left, with a rifle on his shoulder that never fires. It is completely harmless and does not injure anyone. Here’s again “The Gentleman in Khaki”, (Martin number 175)

made in Paris, but which has just been specially sent to London, where it is in great demand. Dressed in khaki, the English gentleman points the bayonet at an imaginary Boer. Then it is the “L’ Homme Corvée” (Martin number 173),

a small French soldier or English sailor, depending on the country of destination, who operates a broom.

The “Le Chinois” (Martin number 177),

Son of Heaven wielding a large saber in one hand, a formidable spear in the other with an imposing braid on the back, a long mustache and a very angry look. It will be the terror of little children who have not been good.

Finally, the typical Parisian toy, the drunkard “Le Pochard” (Martin number 172)

with his “illuminated” nose, radiant face, the good drunken shakes his bottle with one hand, his cup with the other; he walks unsteadily, he carries the glass and bottle to his mouth, he shakes his head and he wobbles, making many movements. And that for 39 cents. It will be the hit of the year.

Now let’s take a random look at the toys from around the world from all over France, Austria and Germany, which have a current character.

Inspired by the exhibition: the monumental gate, the meadow of the Swiss village, the lotto and the exhibition lottery, the patience game of the 1900 exhibition, the shepherdess of the Swiss village the Swiss waltzers, the moving sidewalk, animals from the Ferris wheel, the exhibition cube game, the exhibition shadow game and much more!

The events in China and Transvaal gave birth to the Chinese massacre, the war game, the Chinese house, the Chinese cake, the international war, Allied China’s troops, China’s war, the Chinese puppet the ‘Pass-Boer’ balls , the English Anglo-Boer skittles game a Boer village attacks the punished Boxer, the Transvaal magnetic fishing game with English and Boers, the Boer cymbal player and countless fortresses with English, Chinese or Boer soldiers

Finally, a note here and there:

More discoveries! The Parisian agent, the new Nord-Espress locomotive, the car explorer, the Nautiles submarine torpedo boat, the dazzling parachute, the Nicolas billiard table, the rack railway and… a disaster, the Franco-Russian shooting, the Paris-Montmatre funicular, the car that reproduces exactly the type of cars that drive around in Paris, and the tricycle car with characters with boots, to extremely refined music, dolls that waltz and sing, mechanical horses that jump, kick and neigh.

…But all that, ladies and gentlemen, the Parisian peddler will tell you, it makes noise, it is expensive, but it gets confused, while my merry drunkard or my rebellious Chinese, are beautiful, and it only costs 39 cents !

Text translation from the French newspaper: Le Patriote de la Vendée 1900, Journal de Politique, Agricole et Commercial, Organe d’union Républicaine

Note: The text is a free translation, I added the Martin numbers between the (…) and the pictures to the text myself

Le petit décrotteur – The little blackboot

I found an article in an old French technical magazine La Nature from 1898 about a shoeshine boy made by Martin.
This piece is put in motion by a clockwork mechanism
It was first made in 1898
light approx 13,5 cm ( 5.31 inch)
Fernand Martin number 167

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

Free translation from the text above:

SMALL INVENTIONS ‘
The little cleaner.
This is a very fun toy that adds to many others that we have already mentioned.
it is a small cleaner, one knee on the ground, holding a boot in one hand and a brush in the other.
Let us reassemble the mechanism, and we immediately see the brush stir vigorously, go forward, come back, and scrub the boot very conscientiously at each turn.
The movements are so natural and so well executed that they capture and surprise, and in spite of yourself we contemplate the little cleaner at work.
This little toy was sold on the boulevards in Paris by hawkers, we will soon find it at the same address.

From the magazine : lectures modernes 1902

The footstool is marked on both sides.

All postcards from my own collecion

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An overview of the contents of the new Antique Toy World Magazine August 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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Half a Fernand Martin, who knows more

A few years ago I found this piece and I’ve asked before if anyone knows more but so far no response so I’m trying again.

It’s on the bottom plate. clearly marked with the round FM logo and the triangle with number 138.
But otherwise it is in a bad incomplete state.

The feet are also in a strange way under it, it has no visible feet but the mounting is under the base plate.
I then searched which Martin, this was a part of but until now I have not found it.
Sure it is a part of an unknown Martin: perhaps specially made for a client, an exhibition, perhaps a prototype or a product from George Flersheim because there is still a lot of ambiguity about his produced toys.
I estimate it somewhere between 1910-1917, so it could be from Flersheim, because the pants are of the same fabric and colors as the L’autopatte number 218 version Martin.

Is there perhaps someone among the readers of this blog who can help me?

Fernand Martin – Le Livreur – Description of the patent number 186948

I found in a 1887 issue of the French magazine “DES BREVETS D’INVENTION ONT ETE PRIS” a description of the Le Livreur patent, (Martin number in the current books is 22 The new number will probably be 108 or 109)

This is a magazine where new patents are announced and some are described.
This edition contains 4 “Martin” patents, one of which, the “Le Livreur”, is fully described and from Fernand Martin.
The other three are only mentioned and are still unknown to me.
I also do not know that these three patents are from Fernand Martin or from another toy maker named Martin, maby Elie Martin ?, so maybe we will find out in the future.

Front page of the 1887 issue of the French magazine

Below the translated description of a part of page 8-9 and the associated drawings on Annex Plate II .

Dated November 12, 1887 from Mr. Martin

For a system of mechanism which makes it possible to actuate the toys by giving them movements analogous to those of the members of people and walking animals.

The invention consists in a system of mechanism allowing to actuate the toys with articulated subjects by giving them movements analogous to the naturel movements of the members of people  and walking animals.

This invention consists mainly in the combination with any engine of a mechanism housed either in the body or in the limbs of the subject, and arranged so that its different parts are operated reciprocally and successively.

In the drawing, I have supposed that the mechanism (motor) is placed in the car and that the subject to be actuated is represented by a man that makes the simulacrum of drawing it, but it is identical that I reserve the right to adopt the other subject, and to apply to it any motor deemed suitable, a mechanical engine, either thrust or traction, or hand.

Drawing in the magazine
  • Fig. 1, front view of the set of a toy built according to my invention.
  • Fig. 2, longitudinal section.
  • Fig. 3, front view of the subject’s leg control device.
  • Fig. 4, cross section of this device.

(a), motor that gives the subject constant thrust or traction; this movement, in the example given to the drawing, is a thrust movement which is transmitted by the car (d) of the arms in which the man (b) is placed.

The extremities of the legs of the man are finished so as to produce on the ground a rather large adhesion, either to the way of a pointed heel (f) , as it is represented, or in any other manner.

In the upper part, these legs are articulated on a cranked shaft (g) and are provided with notches or guide grooves (h), shapes and arrangements varying with the nature of the subject to be actuated and the movement that the we are producing.

These grooves embrace a fixed pin (i) and it is they, in fact, who, by sliding on this stud, exactly determine the movement of members.

Courtesy RSL Auction Company

Here is how my mechanism works:

The motor being in motion, constantly advancing the subject (b) tending to drag it on the ground, but because of the disposition of the heels (f), the leg which is in front is stopped; the forward movement continues uncomfortably, it is nocked that the leg which poses on the ground by the heel will straighten up and act on the crank shaft (g) by turning it, which brings the other leg into a identical position to the first, after having made it run a path characterized by the very nature of the groove (h) and its position in relation to the bent shaft.

At this moment, the second leg acts to activate the first, as we have to see it for this one.

As I said above, the nature of the subjects can vary to but I specifically reserve to apply it to men or to animals.

In the case of quadruped animals, I reserve the right to connect the limbs in any manner deemed suitable, the motor mechanism of the legs or supports may, in this case, be applied to one of their parts.

The whole of this mechanism is mounted in a box (k), which will be concealed tonic manner deemed suitable, or it will be mounted between the walls of the subject to be active.

But why there is a patent number 15632 on top of the toy?

Patent 15632 on top of the toy

Martin applied on November 12, 1887 for a patent in France where it was given the number 186948 and about the same time Martin applied the patent in England where it was given the number 15632.
But all Martin copies and boxes found have the English patent number 15632.
I have not yet found any copies or a box with the French patent number.
On the top of the cart and on the box is written: “F.M. S.G.D.G. France & Etranger Paris Patent 15632
(France & Etranger meens French and foreign)
I think Martin used the English patent number because it had already been approved and the application for the French patent was still being processed in France. The toy was already in production before the French patent was

So the toy was already in production with the English patent number before the French patent was approved and that English number remained on it throughout its production life.

Le Treuil a marble game from 1895

My newest acquisition, the smallest one of the three Le Treuil games versions with the Fernand Martin product number 149

Image from the original catalog from 1898

A marble game that was manufactured in three different versions and heights.
The smallest has a height of about 40 cm = 15,75 inch
The center star has a height of about 65 cm = 25,59 inch
And the largest and rarest a height of about 1.05 cm = 41,43 inch

During the marble’s journey down, the man turns the handle and it seems that he lets the marble go down itself, but gravity does its job here

The versions are also different but the principle remains the same
At the top you have to add marbles, and when you add the marble there is a a saucer on which the first marble falls and due to the weight of the marble, the gravity does its work and the saucer with the marble goes down.
At the bottom, the saucer hits a pin, causing the marble to fall out of the saucer and end up in a bowl.
There are curves in the bowl that the marble rolls in, these curves are numbered or collored.
There are no clear rules of this game, so children could let their imaginations run wild and determine the rules themselves.

saucer in the top position
saucer in the lowest position on top of the pin
The smallest with 1 person and a fixed numbered tray
The middle one with 1 person and a separate tray with colors and numbers
The longest version is almost the same as the middle version, but has two people and a separate tray with colors.
Patent number 248045, a drawing with the largest version shown.

Article about the 10e Lépine competition.

Found in the newspaper: Le Grande Echo du Nord et du pas de Calais from August 23 1910

complete article
Detail of the article

You can clearly see in this image, picture with the number 2, the Martin aircraft number 215 and picture with the number 4 two S.I.J.I.M. toys, such as the boy on the chair (L’Apprenti Cavalier) and the S.I.J.I.M. version of the delivery boy (Le Livreur Rapide)

Below is a free translation of the text accompanying the article.

The toy exhibition – the 10th Lépine competition – has just opened at the Grand-Palais in Paris.
We mainly see scientific toys …
A very complicated flying machine with cardboard propellers and the pilots sitting on the wings and entitled: “Airship with ultra-fast beats and cyclone effect through the combined use of an automatic starter and a patented spiral turning system.
Rather, it is a toy for a pupil of the Poly-technic school, ( this is one of the most prestigious and selective grandes écoles in France) and there may be a little too many of these toys.
Do intricate mechanics really keep kids busy?
They might be happier if they could just pour water into their father’s hat and let the goldfish swim in it.
And watch those bowler hats, they already have one for 4 fr. 95 …
But fathers never give such gifts, why?
The first Lépine competition was fun, varied, ingenious, sparkling with verve and with the Parisian spirit.

Courtesy Bertoia auctions


Of course we fall back on age-old routines, on patience, on unbreakable babies. (Unbreakable Babies Another well-known psychological flaw, notes a “Democracy” columnist. I ask you honestly, what’s the funny thing about a doll, if we can’t break its head any longer? ..)
And then, the Lépine competions in the past; in buildings that were too small and too crowded.
This year the competition has moved with an expansion.
It is lost in the great “Grand Palais”, immense and desolate.
The “stands” do not fill the glass hall, it is the nation of the Lilliput on the way to the giants.
Take the small planes as an example.
There are two kinds, the scientific ones, which look a lot like the real ones, and then the other ones that look nothing like that, which are cheap and simple.
In that respect, the progress is remarkable.
Take a tour of the Grand Palais: you’ll see “gliding flights” that you’ll tell me about.
Worth mentioning are the already mentioned different airplanes and the new versions of rather funny mechanical toys (like the organ player and the hairdresser, they are really much better than in life: at least we don’t hear these), and then the portraits of M. Lépine, etc., etc….
Ah! and then the sign of the times: the “Barred Street Game”, it tests your patience of course. It consists of a map of Paris with pawns.

Courtesy Betroia auctions S.I.J.I.M. number 36 Le Livreur Rapide

“It is, says the message, for every player to get to a point in Paris and avoid the blocked streets. There are no ordinary children’s toys in the Grand Palais.
There are also inventors with a lot of new inventions.
Do not forget that the competition is organized by the “Association des Petits Manufacturers et Inventeurs Français”.
One can only admire the careful and ingenious goodwill of so many unknown inventors.
Whether all their inventions are practical, I cannot tell you.
Their barbaric names scared me a bit, from the apulso-aries to the “hygienic lazy mattress”.
In general, they apply to the small acts of everyday life, such as brushing clothes, buttoning your boots, or lighting a lamp.

S.I.J.I.M. number 35 L’Apprenti Cavalier

Philanthropic inventors do their best to spare you an infinite number of simple and familiar gestures, so you have no doubt that they were exhausting.
If we listen and believe them, we couldn’t wash our hands without a hydraulic machine, a spring-loaded pumice stone and an electric nail brush.
It’s a somewhat complicated way to simplify life.
Yet among these too subtle inventions we see many excellent and very useful ones.
This 10th Lépine competition, is more than just an exhibition of toys or practical inventions, you know what it is? …
This is the exhibition of good people.

Part five – Les Joujoux

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

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The result, immediate and inevitable, of the economic crisis for Martin automata toys that transformed the conditions of everyday life every day, the automata toys, which were one of the great additions to the toy trinket companies, are still praised in 1923 by many of their former customers, with as much respect or indifference as they were ten years ago, for their high-quality mechanical toys.

Our minds, adapting to so many things and accustomed to both hardship and abundance, have not yet come to the immediate appreciation of the price increase, fair or not, of certain objects.

We are thinking carefully about this depreciation of our old currency, the premise of all the gains; we even accept, not without murmurs, grunts and gnashing of teeth, the continuous increase in the purchase prices of food, bread, wine, meat, vegetables, etc.

Young and old loved this toys. photo courtesy of Francois Binetruy

We resign ourselves to giving 400 francs to a tailor for a 120 franc suit in the past, women were seduced by fabrics, lace, jewels, hats, the prices of which were multiplied by two, by three, by four or even by five; but we are hesitant to buy toys for 5 fr. 45 to 6 fr. 45, because we remember that his label used to have 1 fr. 95.

It is because the lady who paid a bill that she would have fled in fear other times acquits it with the ulterior motive that the prices are higher but the quality of goods is superior.

She easily imagines, quite wrongly, that the added value is motivated by the new excellence of the product, that it differs in appearance or material, does not resemble similar products manufactured in 1913.

It is not possible to have the same thought when looking at the small automata toys.

Not only is their design still that of their first inventor, but also their shapes are not new.

If new models had to be made, taking into account the current labor prices required for three months to prepare a single type of automata toys, this lapse of time would only allow the manufacturer to launch four new products annually, then these new models would come to such high amounts that the cost and sales price would have to be excessively increased.

Therefore, only ten new models have been made since the war.

The automata toys sold today in the streets or on the shelves of department stores are therefore, save for a few details, almost the same as those distributed in 1914 at the same points.

The customer does not always understand that logically he now has to pay more than 5 francs for the Ma Portiére (the lady with a broom), which he paid 1 fr. 95 nine years earlier, even though she has not changed her costume and that her broomsticks by the same mechanism.

To enable potential buyers to understand the why and how of this multiplication of centimes in francs, which appear on the labels of Fernand Martin’s animated figures.

It would be enough for them to visit the factory that makes them and show them some invoices for the raw materials and the wages they have to pay to the workers.

The ever-increasing prices of materials, the general rise in wages, were automatically reflected in the selling prices of toys, with the severity of an inevitable rise which all manufactured articles and all commodities had to undergo.

Moreover, the exaggerations in the selling prices of toys, in the present case of automata toys, are not always attributable to the toy manufacturers, it is even necessary to say, and we will take advantage of this example to do it, that it is only the resellers who cause the price increases, the increases that they decide for themselves with the sole excuse that it is for their own benefit and independent of the customers.

For example, the two most popular automata at the moment, the Le Pochard (the drunkard) and the Le Gai Violoniste (the violinist), were sold to wholesalers for 3 fr.15 and 3 fr.35 by the factory, are quoted as 5 fr. .45 and 5 fr.50 in a large popular department store, and 6 fr.50 and 6 fr.95 in the front of a toy store in the upscale neighborhoods.

One of the major department stores the: Grand Bazar Paris

We could give more examples, and all the more striking and definitive as we started to include prices in major department stores.

The dealer who wants to earn on an item, or better yet, is solely responsible for the high prices of toys.

The producers are forced to accept the exorbitant terms of the intermediaries and see the high cost of toys only as an opportunity for loss of income, since toys always sell better the cheaper they are. But the deep flaw in our commercial institutions, the obligation for manufacturers to use intermediaries who make the real profit, this illogic, accepted and applied everywhere, which gives the profit of work to those who create nothing, these mistakes that we accept and suffer through atavism, exist in all industries and in all professions.

After all, toys have not become more expensive than at present all other products that are useful to our lives or indispensable to our complicated civilization, and when we pass the department stores or stop to avoid the pictorial speeches of a street peddler, we have to forgot old sales prices of the automata toys, and not just the automata toys, but all the toys.

Let’s accept the current rates, like the inevitable consequences of a war without precedent in the annals of humanity and let’s buy toys.

They entertain the children and they support thousands of people.

And not only did the toys bring joy and cheerfulness to little children of all times and all countries, they also serve as a distraction for adults who forget their sad moods and find it a distraction to look at their children’s toys, those toys that are often almost the same. is like the toys they were entertained with themselves when they were little.

But toy productions aren’t just a fun pastime for kids of all ages, toys sometimes have more serious qualities and some give, to those who have them, a penchant for useful tasks.

Thus the automata, the preparation of which we now know, sometimes become excellent energy teachers for the youth, showing them the mechanical application of some manual work.

These toys serve as examples, and examples to be followed, when working with a feverish activity, such as the Les Courageous Scieurs de long.  (board sawmills), the Chand Tonneaux (the man with the wooden barrels), the L’artiste capillaire ( the hairdresser), the Le charcuterie (the butcher), the Le Fort De La Halle (the man who carries bags)), the Le Petit Décrotteur (the shoe shiner), the Les Agents (the cop), L’homme De Corvée ( the street sweeper).

These figures that, reassembled, do not stop working, as long as the spring they contain works on the gears, don’t they give children the idea of ​​using their hands to do useful work?

Children can easily imagine that they can imitate the gestures of adults without difficulty.

If so, but much better, they will be convinced of the possibility of replicating their toys when they see the movements of these craftsmen and come to practice the craft of the craftsmen of flesh and bone.

two of the biggest sales successes

The education that the little toys give to the children is not the least interesting side of their history.  To work, to work without ceasing, is the first of all conditions to achieve the goal that must be our generation: to educate our industry, to clean up our trade, to raise our morale.

Toys that, even if only a small part, can contribute to the improvement of our future craftsmen, by giving them a taste of the work, these toys are never too expensive.

Even at the high prices after the war, we as teachers of our toddlers must give them the lessons that they will be invaluable if they are given the calling of profitable work and useful to all.

And it’s funny to think that children will one day become good craftsmen because they have seen toy figures evolve, propelled by a pair of wheels, through gears, hinges and a spring that is wound by a key.

This was the fifth and last article of the series “Les Joujoux”, I hope you have understood something more about the problems of the toy industry at the end of the first quarter of the last century.