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Posted By: David Holcombe
Posted On: Friday November 20, 2020 at 11:29 AM
Your oldest model/toy/collectible? (pic)
"Revolving Chimes" toy by Gong Bell, late 1800's

( The following good account and more may be found at
http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/gong_bell.htm )

Gong Bell by Richard Mueller, Jr.

The Gong Bell Manufacturing Company was established as a partnership in 1866 by H. H. Abbe, E. C. Barton, E. G. Cone and A. H. Conklin to produce bells and toys. Gong Bell antique toys are more limited than some brands as the company was not in existence past the 1960s.

The company was incorporated under the laws of the state of Connecticut in April 1899. In 1872, Barton patented a toy called “Revolving Chimes” described as “a pair of cast brass gongs, mounted between two malleable iron wheels.” This was the beginning of Gong Bell’s toy making history. The company also manufactured the first foot bell ever used on automobiles.

After re-organization in 1921, Gong Bell introduces one of the most successful toys invented at the time. It was a toy telephone with a bell and movable receiver hook. This was also the time Gong Bell started concentrating on its wooden toy future. During World War II, the Gong Bell Mfg. Co. also took on military contracts to make hardware for parachutes.

It is believed that with the introduction of plastics in toy making, the Gong Bell Mfg. Co. could not complete since their toys were made mostly of wood and metal, thus closing the company in the 60’s.

On a personal note: I realize my Gong Bell toy needs a little restoration, but it's fun to have an "oldest toy" around to put in someone's hand and even to let a kid play with it on the floor. Yes, it still kind of works, even though the "gong" is more of a "klunk."

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Message thread:

Your oldest model/toy/collectible? (pic) by David Holcombe #51262
are antique firearms permissible here? early 1900`s (EOM) by John Barry #51262.1
(Pic) I think this may be the earliest by Mike DeTorrice #51262.2
My kind of survivor! Congratulations, Mike. These old toys (pic) speak of their era. by David Holcombe #51262.2.1

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