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Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy

Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy


Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy


Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy

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Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy

March 27, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy yqz
Exterior All Maple SUCH A RARE AIR RIFLE Auction Ends April 6, 2015 9:32PM EST

Talking about rarities!! Up in this auction is a piece of history. The Markham Chicago wooden BB gun Sire to Daisy! This is the early model with the stock stamped: “Chicago Air Rifle – Markham’s Patent” on two lines, which many folks put as the very earliest model. It has an exterior that is all maple wood with rosewood stain, double cocking rods pass through the stock. Everything works. There are rubs, scratches and one chip to the wood at the connection near the hinge, all in line with its age. Missing its cleaning rod. It measures approx. 32″ overall length and has a 9.8″ brass barrel liner in the front section. WHAT A RARE PIECE!!

We found an article posted on the Airgun Academy Daily Blog by B.B. Pelletier (Great Blog and Article!!) Which we are quoting excerpts of here.

Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham's Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy yqz Exterior All Maple SUCH A RARE AIR RIFLE

Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy yqz
Exterior All Maple SUCH A RARE AIR RIFLE

The Markham Chicago wooden BB gun Sire to Daisy!

Originally posted on November 9, 2007
by B.B. Pelletier

The Markham company, the inventor of the modern BB gun (not Daisy, as I will explain in a moment), started in 1886 with the Chicago model. Captain Markham, whose life story is quite interesting, began production of a spring-piston airgun made mostly of wood in Plymouth, Michigan. His plant was situated very near the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company that would soon start making an all-metal BB gun of their own, but Markham’s was first by two years.

The Blue Book of Airguns puts the start of the Markham presence in BB guns in 1887, but as you will learn, Daisy had a vested interest in the date this company began. And back in the early 20th century, they put the date at 1886.

The gun is made from hard rock maple with metal parts attached where needed, not that much different than modern polymer-framed handguns such as the Glock. It broke in the center, and a stiff wire pushed the piston and mainspring back until another bent and flattened wire formed into a trigger blade and sear caught it. The gun is unique in that there is no end to the compression chamber. The breech of the barrel serves that purpose! The metal piston rides inside an open-ended iron liner that serves as the compression chamber.

It feels light and toy-like and is proportioned for a child. There is no trigger guard or safety, because this is the most rudimentary gun possible, yet it’s constructed well enough to have lasted more than a century.

To make the gun ready to shoot, the action is unlatched, then the barrel is broken down the same as with any breakbarrel. Once the sear catches the piston connecting rod, a BB is loaded into the breech. The barrel is closed and latched, making the gun ready to fire.

The sights are extremely fundamental and fixed. Any corrections are made by aim-off, also known as Kentucky windage.

This is for sale and shipment to only the U.S. States.

We comply with all shipping restrictions.

Buyer must be at least 18 years old to purchase. ID proof of age is required.

Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES

May 28, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES
HUGE Collection~ Near Mint Boxes And Toys Auctions Ending June 2, 2014 18:00 PDT)

Hi Folks! We came across something real special for you during a recent acquisition. It is a HUGE collection of Lesney Matchbox cars, and these are

#50 "Tractor", and #51"Trailer"  Lesney Matchbox

#50 “Tractor”, and #51″Trailer” Lesney Matchbox

NOT the ones off the shelf today. These even come with their original boxes. The boxes as well as the vehicles are in near mint condition. If there are any major issues we will try our level best to point them out, but we are hard pressed to find them as they sit. We are offering this collection up in individual auctions so you can have a better chance of scoring the one you want (or perhaps NEED). If you like what you see please check out the rest we have. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

Here is the interesting history of Lesney Products from Wikipedia:

Lesney was founded in 1947 as an industrial die-casting company by Leslie Smith (March 6, 1918 – May 26, 2005) and Rodney Smith (August 26, 1917 – July 20, 2013). The two men were not related by blood; they had been school friends and served together in the Royal Navy during World War II. Shortly after they founded the company, Rodney Smith introduced to his partner a man named John “Jack” Odell, an engineer he had met in a previous job at D.C.M.T. (another die-casting company). Mr. Odell initially rented a space in the Lesney building to make his own die-casting products, but he joined the company as a partner in that same year.

Lesney originally started operations in a derelict pub in north London (The Rifleman), but later, as finances allowed, changed location several times before finally moving to a factory in Hackney which became synonymous with the company. In late 1947 they received a request for parts for a toy gun. As that proved to be a viable alternative to reducing their factory’s output during periods in which they received fewer or smaller industrial orders, they started to make die cast model toys in the next year. However, seeing no future for the company, Rodney Smith left the company in 1951.

1960s Lesney Matchbox ORIGINAL BOX England #66 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

1960s Lesney Matchbox ORIGINAL BOX England #66 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Yet, seen in hindsight, the first model toy they produced in 1948 — a die-cast road roller based clearly on a Dinky model (the industry leader in die-cast toy cars at that time) — proved also to be the first of perhaps three major milestones on the path to their eventual destiny. It established transportation as a viable and interesting theme; other similar models followed, including a cowboy-influenced covered wagon and a soap-box racer. Of course, the company continued to produce non-toy items; of those marketed directly by Lesney, one of the more popular ones was a bread-bait press, well liked by British anglers at the time.

The next crucial milestone was the production of a replica of the Royal State Coach in 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Two versions were created, the first in a larger scale, followed by a smaller-scale model. It was this second model that sold over a million units, a massive success at the time. The profits from the sales provided valuable capital for further investments.

 #42 "Studebaker Station Wagon" Lesney Matchbox

#42 “Studebaker Station Wagon” Lesney Matchbox

The final and decisive stepping stone in the pre-Matchbox era was a toy which Mr. Odell designed for his daughter: Her school only allowed children to bring toys that could fit inside a matchbox, so Mr. Odell crafted a scaled-down version of the Lesney green and red road roller. Based on the aforementioned size restriction, the idea was born to sell the model in a replica matchbox — thus also yielding the name of the series which would propel Lesney to worldwide, mass-market success. The road roller ultimately became the first of the Matchbox 1-75 miniature range; a dump truck and a cement mixer completed the original three-model release.

In the early years of the series, Lesney used a partner company, “Moko” (itself also named after its founder, Moses Kohnstam), to market/distribute its toys. This distribution was documented on the boxes themselves, on which the text “A Moko Lesney product” appeared. However, by the end of the decade, Lesney was able to buy Moko, marketing its products under its own name from that point on. A period of great expansion, tremendous profit, and recognition followed: In 1966, Lesney received their first (of several) Queen’s Awards for Industry. By the mid-’60s, Matchbox was the largest brand of die-cast model vehicles in the world, and had diversified the line into multiple series. For further details on the history of the Matchbox series, see the article Matchbox (brand).

On July 11, 1982, after years of difficulties due to the economic climate in Britain at the time, Lesney went bankrupt and into receivership. Competing companies Mettoy (Corgi) and Meccano (Dinky) also suffered the same fate. The Matchbox brand as well as Lesney’s tooling were bought by and became a division of Universal Holdings/Universal Toys, where the company re-formed as “Matchbox International Ltd.” Tooling and production were moved to Macau. Jack Odell went on to form a new company, Lledo, where he produced models similar to early Matchbox Models of Yesteryear. Today, the Matchbox brand is owned by Mattel, creators of Hot Wheels.

Some of the tools and dies created in the Lesney era are still used in the Matchbox line as of 2007. To view all of the collection click on link

Sicilian Carretto Toy Model Horse Cart

May 1, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

HUGE Sicilian Carretto Toy Model Horse Cart Italy Sicily 1950’s Roses Knight yqz
Vintage Bright Colors On The Cart Shabby Chic Condition

Wonderful vintage toy/model of a Sicilian Carretto Horse Cart

. This cart is vibrant and lively depicting happy children and knight scenes. The cart is hitched to a large horse with many adornments and decorations. We are calling this shabby chic due to a leg issue (the front left leg is cracked all the way around, almost separated.), and the overall condition of his straps. Overall this would be a great restoration piece and would be absolutely amazing fully restored. Talk about potential! This measures approx. 28″ x 13″ x 13″. Good Luck!

The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian or carretti (plural)) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy.

The carts were introduced to the island by the ancient Greeks. Carts reached the height of their popularity in the 1920s, when many thousand were on the island. The Museo del Carretto Siciliano, in Terrasini, in the province of Palermo, is a museum dedicated to the carts.

The craft of making the carts is handed down from generation to generation, through the training of apprentices. Carts are known for being covered in carvings and brightly painted scenes from Sicilian history and folklore as well as intricate geometrical designs. These scenes also served the purpose of conveying historical information to those who were illiterate. The colors of Palermo’s flag, yellow and red, feature prominently on the carts, along with details in bright blues and greens. The animals pulling the carts are often elaborately adorned as well.

Vintage 1947 Marx Military Army Jumpin Jeep Eccentric Windup Working Toy

March 29, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.
Sears Christmas 1947 Catalog For Seventy-Nine Cents

Sears Christmas 1947 Catalog For Seventy-Nine Cents

Original, Vintage 1947 Though every step may not always seem clear, TRUST God’s WAY! Jumpin Jeep Mechanical Tin Windup Toy. This wonderful post war toy was offered in the Sears

Christmas catalog for just 79 cents. The four soldier heads are 3-dimensional and were used on the early Marx racers. The Marx toy logo is printed on the driver side door. This great toy has been played with and is in used, working condition. There are some oxidation spots and the wheels are a little wobbly but it still winds up and it’s ready to roll. This is a really cool toy and measures approximately 5.75″ long x 4.25″ tall. Great addition to your military or antique toy collection. Good luck.

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