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Converse Identification Guide

by Richard Mueller, Jr.

Converse
1878 - 1934


Converse Toy Company made a variety of toys to include: wood rocking horses, lithographed paper-on-wood dollhouses, wooden doll furniture, Noah's arks, horse and wagons, and many more. It was once considered the largest wood toy company in the world.

Indiana

Red Robin Farm Express
1910
11"L x 5"H x 3.8"W
$80 - $120

Red Robin Stock Car
1912
11"L - 20"L

Livestock Express Co.
1910
14.25"L x 7.75"H x 5"W
$120 - $145 w/animals
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The World's Greatest
Shows Circus Car
c. 1930
10.5"H x 20"L

Barney & Bailum's
Circus Car
 10.5"L x 5.5"H x 3.75"W

Dairy Horse Wagon

Ice Wagon
1912
11"
Nos. 24-28

Noah's Ark #789
1912
11.625 x 4 x 3.5

Stock Farm #749
1912
8.75"L x 8.5"H x 5"W

Ice Wagon
1912
17"L x 8.5"H

Abbots "A" Milk Truck
Estimated 1930
20.6L x 9.5H x 6.2W
$900 - $1200

Menagerie #18
1912
14"L x 6.5"H

Noah's Ark
1912
14" - 23" L

Columbia Express #815
1912
9.75" x 6.5" x 2.25"
 

Indiana
Thought to be Converse
     
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Photo and info courtesy of eBay member 'Ward Smith'.
The World's Greatest Shows was one of the earlier marketing slogans of the Ringling Brothers. This toy includes several stenciled animals to ride inside the cage including one rabbit, two elephants, two lions, a zebra, and a giraffe.