I will be listing a large quantity of toys over the next few weeks, some from my personal collection. Please watch my other listings for German tin, American tin windups, and other early toys. This is an extremely scarce tin toy that was made by Althof Bergmann of New York, c. This wonderful toy was a delight to some young child many years ago. It features 2 tin goats on a platform that pull a wonderfully crafted tin sleigh!
This is the only the 2nd example of this toy I have ever seen with goats (a third example of the sleigh I've seen is pulled by horses). As a reference for restoration. This sleigh was beautifully made and the sleigh also incorporates a tin cover (or blanket) in front of the seat much in the same manner as the Althof Bergmann Goat Drawn Santa Sleigh does. The goats measure 5.25" long and the sleigh is 6.25" long. This beautiful sleigh toy needs a little repair, but it still looks great.It needs attention to the following: 1. One goat is missing a horn 2. The platform the goats are on should have two small fixed rolled pieces of steel wire to act as guides on the floor (see last picture of similar toy) 3. It is missing a piece of bent wire yolk that would solder to the sides of the goats and go through a slot on the front of the sleigh (see last picture of similar toy) 4. It is missing the driver, and the seat has bends and old solder marks. These issues are not insurmountable and could be repaired by a professional toy restorer.
It still has great charm in the condition it is in! CONDITION: This very scarce toy is in good condition for it's age. It does have paint wear as shown and condition issues as mentioned above. The last picture is just for reference of what a complete toy would look like.The item "Very Rare 1870's Althof Bergmann Tin Goat Drawn Sleigh American Tin Antique Toy" is in sale since Thursday, July 18, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Tin\Other Vintage Tin Toys". The seller is "treasuresof-yesterday" and is located in Webster, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.