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Pull Toys

Like many toys throughout history, pull toys have roots in the ancient past. They have traces as early as 2000 B.C. in Egypt. These early examples were made of clay in the form of animals, boats, or simplistic wheels with open platforms.

Pull toys have played a large part in the history of toy making. Several regions of Germany were connected to trade routes where artisans set up shops, creating amazing Christmas villages, belsnickles, and of course, figural pull toys. From hide-covered horses to early papier-mache sheep, goats, and cows, pull toys were introduced into the homes and hands of many children throughout the world.

In the early stages of American industrialization, makers of the earliest and rarest tinplate pull toys known today popped up around the country. Large and small-scale animals and figures on rolling platforms were produced by Fallows, George Brown, Althof Bergmann.

At the same time tin plate became popular, so did cast-iron pull toys. Many cast-iron pull toys were elaborate and highly decorated with bells attached to create noise while pulling them. Some of the early pull toy makers including Ives and Gong Bell made mechanical pull toys that activated when pulled across a floor. Companies including Lego and Fisher Price began production of wooden pull toys as well.


Quick Facts

  • An Althof Bergmann American tin pull toy depicting Mary and her lambs sold at Bertoia Auctions in November 2014 for $33,000
  • Undoubtedly the most successful pull toy manufacturer in history, Fisher Price began with an early series of paper-litho pull toys
  • Early German Noah's arks are often thought of as play toys with hand carved and painted pairs of animals to fit inside

Recommended Items at Auction

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Two tin lithograph Gilbert cyclist string toys
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Two tin lithograph Gilbert cyclist string toys
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Vintage paper mache pull toy
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
Vintage paper mache pull toy
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $150- $250
$1001 Bid
2 vintage paper mache pull toys
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
2 vintage paper mache pull toys
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
WOODEN FOLK ART MECHANICAL PULL TOY.
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
WOODEN FOLK ART MECHANICAL PULL TOY.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Lot of Folk Art Toys
Nov 30, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of Folk Art Toys
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
George Brown Excelsior Riverboat pull toy
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
George Brown Excelsior Riverboat pull toy
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $15,000- $20,000
$7,5000 Bids
TWO VINTAGE PULL-TOYS, LIKELY STEIFF.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
TWO VINTAGE PULL-TOYS, LIKELY STEIFF.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
ANTIQUE SAINT BERNARD MOHAIR PULL TOY.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE SAINT BERNARD MOHAIR PULL TOY.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
TWO MOHAIR GLASS EYED BEAR PULL TOYS.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
TWO MOHAIR GLASS EYED BEAR PULL TOYS.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
PRE 1904 STEIFF DONKEY PULL TOY.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
PRE 1904 STEIFF DONKEY PULL TOY.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
TWO VINTAGE BIRD PULL TOYS
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
TWO VINTAGE BIRD PULL TOYS
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Holzspielzeug
Dec 04, 11:00 AM CET
Holzspielzeug
by Auktionshaus Schwerin
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
GERMAN HORSE PULL TOYS
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
GERMAN HORSE PULL TOYS
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $150- $250
$800 Bids
HORSE PULL TOY WITH WOODEN CART
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
HORSE PULL TOY WITH WOODEN CART
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
TIN TROTTING HORSE PULL TOY
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
TIN TROTTING HORSE PULL TOY
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
RARE TURN OF THE CENTURY GERMAN AUTOMATON PULL TOY
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
RARE TURN OF THE CENTURY GERMAN AUTOMATON PULL TOY
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Hide covered goat platform pull toy
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Hide covered goat platform pull toy
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Scarce lithographed paper on wood Jumbo on Wheels
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Scarce lithographed paper on wood Jumbo on Wheels
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Gibbs Jumbo and Madmar tiger cage wagon pull toys
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Gibbs Jumbo and Madmar tiger cage wagon pull toys
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $250- $450
$1250 Bids
French papier-mâché growler bulldog pull toy
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
French papier-mâché growler bulldog pull toy
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Hide covered cow on wheeled platform pull toy
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Hide covered cow on wheeled platform pull toy
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Steiff Bactrian camel pull toy on a wheeled base
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Steiff Bactrian camel pull toy on a wheeled base
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Two elephant toys
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Two elephant toys
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Large mohair platform horse
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Large mohair platform horse
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pull Toys


Pook & Pook, Inc.

Pook & Pook, Inc.

William Smith Auctions

William Smith Auctions

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Rachel Davis Fine Arts

Rachel Davis Fine Arts