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N. N. Hill

by Richard Mueller Jr.

N. N. Hill Brass Company
East Hampton, Connecticut
1889 1960

N.N. Hill antique toys have a history that, like many toy companies, began with its founder and namesake. Norman N. Hill began his career in the finishing department of the Barton Bell Company when he was eighteen years old. In January 1889, with a capital of $800, he started his own bell company being the first to stamp steel bells rather than casting. In 1912, the business was incorporated under the name N. N. Hill Brass Company, Inc. and became known as the largest factory in the world devoted to bells and toys. After receiving a contract to produce Walt Disney toys in the 1930s, their wooden toy manufacturing became the major production of their factory. N. N. Hill Brass Company closed their doors in the early 1960s, making N. N. Hill antique toys coveted by antique toy collectors.

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Elephant Chime w/4 Studded Wheels

Floor Chime #53
3.5"L x 2.75"W
Nickeled bells. Frame painted in colors
No. 543-1/2 - six 1-1/8" bells
No. 552 - six 7/8" bells

Floor Chime

Floor Chime #547
3.5"L x 3.25"H

The Hunter #122
5" x 6"
As the toy is pulled, the rabbit peeps out of the hole teasing the hunter to shoot with the rifle attached to his hands. Small bell under the platform rings as the toy is pulled.

Telephone #518

Cat and Negro Boy #120
4.5" x 6"
Boy pulling the tail of a surprised cat on green platform. Even rarer than the toy pictured is one in which the boy's face is turned the same as the cat.

Watermelon Bell Toy #151
9"L x 4.5"W
Painted cast iron. Two boys holding each end of the black saw move back and forth over three watermelons. Gives the appearance of sawing the melons in half.

Alligator and Boy #117
5" x 6"
Painted in colors. The movement of the toy bounces the boy and rings the gong.

Floor Chime #545
3.25"L x 3.25"H
Wheels painted, bells nickeled
No. 545 - 2-1/4" gongs, six 7/8" bells
No. 544 - 2-1/4" gongs, six 1-1/8" bells
No. 547 - 1-3/4" gongs, six 7/8" bells
No. 548 - 1-3/4" gongs, six 1-1/8" bells

Telephone Chimes #515
1.75" Gongs
Nickel wheels. Frame painted in colors

Swiss Chimes #550, #557
Nickel frame, wheels and Nickel plated gongs. #550 - 2.25", 2.3.75" and 2.625" gongs
#557 - 1 each 2.5" and 2.625" gongs

Rocking Horse Chime
7"L x 3"H x 1.75"W

Telephone Chimes #518
1.5" Gongs
Nickel plated gongs. #521 has 2" gongs

Floor Chimes #565
Nickel-plated with 2-1/4" gong and 2-7/8" wheels

Monkey Mobile Bell Toy #115
5.25" x 6.5"
Painted cast iron in bright colors. When drawn along the floor, the monkey rings the bell by striking the bell hammer with a coconut.

Stick Chime
Five spokes wheel with bumps

Two Horse Jingle Chime
This toy could also be a Kirby.

Teddy Bear Chimes #546
4"L x 3.5"H x 2"W
Nickel-plated bells and wheels. Frame and figure painted in colors.

Jonah & Whale #119
Painted in colors. As the toy is pulled, Jonah pops out of the whale's mouth as the bell rings.

Horse Chime
5"L x 2.25"H x 1.75"W

Telephone Push Toy #540
1.75" Gongs
1905 NN Hill & Watrous. One of the early telephone toys. As the toy is pushed, the figures rock back and forth while talking on the telephone. Nickel plated.

Telephone Chime

Elephant Holding Bell
6.5"L x 4.5"H x 2.5"W
Msg bell

Pony Chime
10"L x 4"H x 3.5"W
$250 - $300

10 Jingle Bell Horse Chime

Giraffe Push Toy #12
A playful giraffe with a girl rider makes this toy different and fun. Bell attached to the giraffe rings as the toy is pulled. Toy is nickel-plated.

Boy Fishing #118
5.5" x 6.5"
Painted in colors. As the toy moves, the boy, feeling a bite, jerks the fish from the water.

Dog Push Toy #530
Nickel-plated. Playful puppy riding on top. Wire attached to his platform and the axle would rock him up and down as the wooden pole pushed the toy. A small clapper under his platform rings the gong attached on the back

Elephant Bell Toy #116
4.5"H x 6.5"L x 2.75"W
Cast iron painted in colors with nickel-plated bell held in his trunk. The oblong base looks like grassy mound. Wire that connects the trunk to the axle causes the trunk to move up and down when pulled vigorously ringing the bell.
PC #1 2/91 (E) $700
Sotheby's 10/01 (E) $2,280

Floor Chimes #504
2-1/4" Gongs, 2-7/8" wheels
Wheels painted red.

Floor Chimes
Wheels covered with Chenille Gimp
No. 556 - 3-1/2" wheels, 2-1/4" gong
No. 581 - 4" wheels, 2-1/4" gong
No. 583 - 4" wheels, 2-1/4" gong
No. 584 - 5" wheels, 2-1/2" gong
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Telephone Chimes #511
1" and 1-3/4" nickel-plated gongs. As the toy is pushed, the clapper in the center rocks back and forth hitting the two gongs at each end. Heart-shaped wheels
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Push Chimes #606
Wheels and bells are nickel-plated. Coppered steel frame. 18" stained wood.
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Telephone Chimes #25
1-3/4" gongs
Two children talk on the telephone as the toy is pulled. Nickel-plated.
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Wind Mill #15
Finished in red, blue and black enamel - red tower, black tank, blue dome, and red vane and wheel. Dome has brass bushing. Built of cold rolled steel, firmly braced.
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Horse and Rider #575
Jockey riding on his saddle on top of gong.
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Indian Rider Push Toy #570
Detailed Indian riding his horse. This toy may have been made for only one year, making it very rare.
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Floor Chime #503
Bells 1-3/4" and 6-7/8"
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Two Horses 2 Bell Chime
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Horse Chime
This toy may also be a Kirby.
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Elephant Jingle Bell
7.5"L x 3.25"H x 4.5"W
This toy is believed to be NN Hill or Kirby.
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2 Horse 4 Bell Chime
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Double Ripper Sled Bell Toy #150
4" x 9"
Painted in colors. When sled is in motion, the bell rings.
PC #1 3/00 (G) $5,000
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Happy Hooligan Automobile #121
5.25" x 6.5"
Cheerful figure riding in his "car". This was one of the first automobile toys. Small bell under the floor board rings as the toy is pulled. Painted in colors.
PC #1 8/95 (G) $1,650
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The Cossack and the Jap. #61
The figures represent Cossack and the Jap. cavalryman engaged in a fierce contest. The war flags of Russia and Japan on the platform are painted true to color and design. When rolled forward the figures pivot, hitting their sticks as the suspended bells ring. Very rare toy.
Sotheby's 10/01 (E) $19,150