J & E Stevens Monkey on Velocipede antique cast iron bell toy bronze casting patterns
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We are pleased to offer for sale an extremely rare J&E Stevens Monkey On Velocipede bell toy made almost entirely from the original late 1800's factory  Bronze Casting Patterns.  The side of the front wheel is marked PAT. JULY. 24. 83.  The cast iron version of this toy rarely comes up for sale and this toy made from Bronze Casting Patterns is a rare find indeed!  "Casting Patterns" were used by the factory as a "pattern" to make a mold into which molten iron was poured to "cast" a toy out of steel/iron.  Only three of the 23 parts used to build this toy are not the original bronze patterns.  Those 3 pieces which are the saddle (the piece he sits on that holds the bell), and the two rear wheels, have been professionally re-cast in bronze using their original casting patterns via the "lost wax" method of casting.  A patina was added to the surface of the three re-cast pieces to make them a better color match to the original parts.  The front fork of this velocipede is a bit wobbly where it passes through the velocipede's frame due to the fact that these are patterns however, the cast iron versions are also a bit loose.  This pull toy has been assembled to function as it was intended using all bronze rivets.  When rolled across the floor the wheels turn, the monkey will pedal, and once every full rotation the hammer under the bell will strike. The bell and the hammer are both bronze so it makes more of a thud sound than a ringing sound like cast iron would have made.  The toy measures approximately 8 1/4" in length by 8" in height, and  3 1/2" in depth.  The Monkey On Velocipede Bell Toy was the most complicated and expensive bell toy J & E Stevens ever made and likely why the toy is so rare.  This extremely rare J&E Stevens casting pattern of the Monkey On Velocipede Bell Toy would easily become a treasured addition to any bell toy  or casting pattern collection!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS RARE EARLY AMERICAN TOY.

This item sells in U.S. only.
In 1959 the J&E Stevens foundry declared bankruptcy and ceased production in Cromwell, Connecticut.  At that time three of the factory employees were enlisted to clean everything out of the foundry.  They divided the contents three ways amongst themselves and created a toy collector's treasure trove.  In recent years a few auction houses have been selling off some of the collections of those former employees.  The bronze casting patterns that we are offering in this sale were originally sold from one such collection.



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Price: $2,495.00
Availability: SOLD