1950s Toymaster of Japan No 54 Concrete Mixer Friction Tin Toy

$45.00

1950s Toymaster of Japan concrete mixer friction tin toy. A cool collectible vintage lithograph toy truck with a movable cement tank.

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Description

1950s Toymaster of Japan No 54 Concrete Mixer Friction Tin Toy. A cool collectible vintage lithograph toy truck with a movable cement tank. Propelled by friction power from pulling the toy in reverse, the motor subsequently powers the vehicle and the attached tank. Small yellow pellets are inside the translucent tank to resemble that of liquid concrete. A manual red topped leaver tilts the tank up and down. Manufactured by Toymaster of Japan and the makers mark is located on the rear bumper of the mixer truck. The side of the truck reads “Giants” along with “No. 54” on both sides of the cab.

Tin has been a favorite metal of toy makers since at least the middle of the 19th century. Tin is lightweight, easy to work with, and inexpensive, yet it’s sturdy enough to withstand the punishment meted out by children. Manufacturers modeled everything from clockwork animals and friction sports cars to science-fiction-inspired toy ray guns. Japan excelled at tin toy craftsmanship thanks to technological advances in tin lithography and the punch machines that allowed the metal to be manipulated to the exacting specifications of the designers.

Measurements:

Item measures approximately 9 ¼” Long x 2 ½” Wide x 3 ⅛” Tall.

Condition:

Pre-owned, this concrete mixer friction tin toy is in fair to good condition. Scratches, scuffs and dings are present and commensurate with age and use. In particular the base of the chassis is scratched from use. The lithograph design is well preserved and all the writing and additionally the makers mark are all clean and visible. The sealed concrete mixer is in good working order. The side bars and 3 of the 4 springs appear to be missing on the back of the truck, however, the 4th returns the mixer to its original position.

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