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Sunday, 21 July 2013 22:37

SEIDEL KdF WAGEN VW ERA SPARDOSE

Michael Seidel founded his company in 1879 in Zirndorf (near Fürth) in Germany. In the first decades they produced small items such as mirrors and  whistling spinning tops. In 1903, the son Georg Seidel took over the firm and expanded  into toy trumpets, doll dishes and from app. 1919 he added mechanical banks. The banks were a huge success and –in many variations- over 4,5 million...

This GEOBRA KdF Savers Bank was bought in 2006 from a private estate sale in Potsdam, Germany (former East German town near Berlin). The bank (spardose or sparkasse) was heavy with coins when purchased and a spring hook was used to pick the lock on the front door to open the bank. Amazingly and to what a huge surprise as the bank was full of old German coins with the dates ranging fro...

Sunday, 21 July 2013 21:40

GEOBRA KdF WAGEN VW ERA SPARDOSE

There were special German tin coin registering banks (spardose or sparkasse) made with a lithographed KdF Wagen design on the sides that was produced by the German Toy Company of Georg Brandstätter or GEOBRA in the late 1930s. The mechanical bank would keep track of 5 and 10 Reichspfennig coin deposits into the bank (100 Reichspfennig = 1 Reichsmark). A 5 or 10 Reichspfennig coin was pla...

Friday, 19 July 2013 16:08

HAUSSER KdF WAGEN VW V5

In 1904 Christian Hausser and his sons Max and Otto founded the HAUSSER Company, although it initially was named Müller & Freyer. Starting from 1912 the Company was renamed into O&M HAUSSER. They carried the trade name Elastolin. In the 1930's the Company moved to Neustadt bei Coburg, Germany. Like all toy producers, they had to stop production in 1943 by order of the NAZI regime...

Published in HAUSSER
Friday, 19 July 2013 04:40

UNKNOWN SPLIT VW GLASS 04

A very delicate glass Christmas tree ornament in the shape of a Split VW Beetle. The seams of the doors, windows, bonnets, headlights and hubcaps are painted gold.

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Published in UNKNOWN GLASS 00-07
Friday, 19 July 2013 04:11

UNKNOWN KdF WAGEN VW GLASS 01

Glass bottle with details of a Split Window Volkswagen with door seams. Screw-on metal or bakelite cap. Length excluding the cap and neck from bumper to bumper: 68 mm. Width from door to door: 28mm. No markings.

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Published in UNKNOWN GLASS 00-07
Friday, 19 July 2013 03:58

UNKNOWN KdF WAGEN VW GLASS 00

Glass bottle with details of a Split Window Volkswagen. Screw on metal cap. Length excluding the cap and neck from bumper to bumper: 70 mm. Width from door to door: 31mm. No markings.

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Published in UNKNOWN GLASS 00-07
Friday, 19 July 2013 03:46

EISENHÜTTE KdF WAGEN VW

One piece steel stamped body that has the Volkswagen shape. No chassis and steel wheels and axle attached to the body.

Probably made by the company of EISENHÜTTE from Thale, Harz. This company was responsible for producing the helmets for the soldiers in WW1 and WW2….

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Published in EISENHÜTTE
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 16:53

UNKNOWN KdF WAGEN VW METAL 04

A cast aluminium body with solid windows and lights that are painted dull silver. There is a casting seam running along the center roofline. Metal base plate with clockwerk motor, tin wheels on metal axles with front steering.  Base plate stamped “Made In Germany.” Although there is room for a brake lever in the back, it is not sure whether this particular model came with a brake lever...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:32

VOLK KdF WAGEN VW

The Cornerstone Ceremony for the KdF Wagen factory held in Stadt des KdF~Wagens was dedicated in May of 1938. This was the basis for the Company Fr. VOLK to produce a miniature KdF Wagen to promote or celebrate the fact that they were contracted to produce the tooling to make the KdF Wagen body parts. Probably around 1939, VOLK made a steel stamped body with solid windows, basic body deta...

Published in VOLK
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