Details about Antique Original 1934 John Deere O2 Cast Iron Farm Tractor Toy - NOT a Replica !See original listing
“This Item was purchased from an estate sale where the Tractor belonged to the Grandfather who ”... Read more
05 Nov, 2013 14:09:17 GMT
Approximately £49.70(including postage)
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US $66.40 (approx. £43.42) USPS Priority Mail International | See details
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Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
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|Seller notes:||“This Item was purchased from an estate sale where the Tractor belonged to the Grandfather who purchased it Brand New (for his new son) in 1934. It is in EXCELLENT condition physically, with just the paint being faded.”|
|Country of Manufacture:||United States||Date of Origin:||1934|
Antique Original 1934 John Deere O2 Cast Iron Farm Tractor Toy - NOT a Replica!!
This sale is for an Antique, ORIGINAL John Deere 02 Cast Iron Toy Farm Tractor, made in 1934. This is NOT a Replica, like nearly all the ones on eBay, this in an Antique Original.
The Newer Replicas are Bright Green with Bright Yellow Wheels and a Green Engine. The Name JOHN DEERE above the engine has an “OP” and the lettering is in Green or Yellow.
The Antique Original Toy Tractors had a Medium Green color (John Deere Green), Gold Engine, Black Steering Wheel and Unpainted Silver Wheels. The tops of the Stacks were also painted Red. Also, the Name JOHN DEERE above the engine has an “02” and the lettering is in Gold.
The tractor is 11” long, 5” wide and 7” tall. The Medium Green pain is worn, but still there as is the Black Steering Wheel. The Wheels are Silver and the Engine and Lettering above are in Gold, as is the 02. It is also somewhat faded but still pretty good considering its age.
In the field of antique cast-iron toy collecting, the John Deere brand is the cream of the crop, and assembling a collection of these rare and costly toys is anything but child’s play. They were made and marketed over an 8 year period during the 1930s, and today are aggressively sought out by collectors who recognize their rarity and historical significance.
The rarest Cast Iron Deere’s had JOHN DEERE 02 Embossed on the cowl directly above the Engine. The front axle was implemented loose, so there was a lot of movement between the front wheels.
In the early 1900s, when many children grew up on farms, the tractor originated and toys in those areas were quick to mirror the actual farm vehicles. Even as late as the 1960s, toy tractors were still being manufactured in large quantities and were accompanied with various farm type implements.
Many of the toys boated decals of well-known makers of real tractors such as International Harvester and John Deere. It was a great form of free advertising and is still effective today in rural America. Few cast-iron tractors were produced in the late 20th century and few to none are being made today.
So, if you find any old toy tractors made of cast-iron, you have the potential of owning a collector’s item. The cast-iron tractors were quite rugged, so it is not uncommon to quality condition ones in existence today. Case tractors were copied by several toy makers including Vindex, although Vindex was NOT a major producer of cast-iron toys. All were characterized by accuracy and attention to detail. Many toy makers reproduced farm implements in cast iron along with the tractors, so a substantial collection of them is possible.
This Item was purchased from an estate sale where the Tractor belonged to the Grandfather who purchased it Brand New (for his new son) in 1934. It is in EXCELLENT condition physically, with just the paint being faded. I have taken photos of the actual piece you are bidding on. This is the product you will actually receive.
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