Ives early American antique toy Hot Air Toy and Steam Toy
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We are pleased to for sale a rare and early 1870's Ives Hot Air / Steam Toy. It is in amazing condition for its' age!  The toy depicts two blacksmiths hammering on a hot piece of metal set on a large anvil. The toy operates very well.  It is constructed with heavy cardboard on a wooden base with fine wire linkages.  Reportedly these hot air toys were some of the first toys Ives made in his long history of toy making.  Ives made a variety of these with different characters, some using only steam power and some were made to use both steam and hot air power (those had the cardboard fan on top as this one does). This rare toy has nice bold colors and it measures 8 3/4" tall 8" wide with the fan about 7 1/2" in diameter.  Photo #9 is of a page from the 1893 Ives catalog showing similar hot air toys (catalog is not included in the sale). As you see in the photo, the toy is attached to a wood stove pipe and the catalog states: "They can be placed over a lamp or radiator as well as to a stove pipe, or wherever there is a current of air, eight hot or cold, and they will work well." It also may be powered via the wooden pulley mounted on the shaft from the fan. This is a great rare early toy for an Ives or an early American toy collector! PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS EARLY AMERICAN IVES TOY.

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Price: $525.00
Availability: SOLD