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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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19th Century Bulldog Growler Pull Along Toy
Feb 25, 10:00 AM PST
19th Century Bulldog Growler Pull Along Toy
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$3753 Bids
2 Boxes of Children's Toys: Pull Toys, Trains,
Feb 27, 9:00 AM EST
2 Boxes of Children's Toys: Pull Toys, Trains,
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
No.34 Metal Fire Chief Action Pull Toy
Mar 23, 9:00 AM EDT
No.34 Metal Fire Chief Action Pull Toy
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
(3) Fisher Price pull toys
Mar 23, 9:00 AM EDT
(3) Fisher Price pull toys
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $100- $500
$500 Bids
Childs 19th Century Antique Carved Wooden Horse Pull Toy
Mar 01, 10:00 AM EST
Childs 19th Century Antique Carved Wooden Horse Pull Toy
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $400- $800
$3500 Bids
Lot of 2 Antique Cast Iron Horse Drawn Pull Toys
Mar 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Antique Cast Iron Horse Drawn Pull Toys
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$100 Bids
CHALK WARE FIGURES & PULL TOY DOG
Mar 04, 6:00 PM EST
CHALK WARE FIGURES & PULL TOY DOG
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
(4) Fisher Price Toys
Feb 28, 4:00 PM EST
(4) Fisher Price Toys
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $50- $200
$250 Bids
LOT OF VINTAGE WOODEN PLASTIC PULL TOYS
Mar 01, 12:00 PM EST
LOT OF VINTAGE WOODEN PLASTIC PULL TOYS
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
Lot of 2 Woodette Pull Toy Helicopters
Mar 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 2 Woodette Pull Toy Helicopters
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
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Antique Gibbs Horse Drawn Cart Pull Toy
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Antique Gibbs Horse Drawn Cart Pull Toy
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Oversized donkey nodder pull toy, 19th c., with ir
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Oversized donkey nodder pull toy, 19th c., with ir
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Large oxen ride-on pull toy, 19th c., hide covered
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Large oxen ride-on pull toy, 19th c., hide covered
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
THREE AMERICAN TOYS.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
THREE AMERICAN TOYS.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
LARGE STEIFF PIG PULL TOY.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
LARGE STEIFF PIG PULL TOY.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $125- $250
$600 Bids
VINTAGE KEYSTONE WOOD MARCHING BAND PULL TOY
Mar 02, 9:00 AM CST
VINTAGE KEYSTONE WOOD MARCHING BAND PULL TOY
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
Antique Frantz dog pull toy with string
Feb 25, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Frantz dog pull toy with string
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$250 Bids
SHEEP PULL TOY.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
SHEEP PULL TOY.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
VINTAGE CHILDS FISHER PRICE PULL TOYS
Mar 04, 6:00 PM EST
VINTAGE CHILDS FISHER PRICE PULL TOYS
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pull Toys


Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC

Amelia Jeffers

Amelia Jeffers

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Pook & Pook Inc.

Pook & Pook Inc.