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A.C. Williams
Ajax Plastics Corp.
All Nu Products Inc. - Faben Products Inc.
American Alloy - Toy Creation - American Lead & Novelty Co.
American Metal Toys
American Mint Corporation
American Soldier Co. - Eureka Metal Co.
Arcade Mfg. Co.
Argo
Auburn Rubber Corporation
Baldwin Mfg. Co.
Banner Toys
Barclay 1924 to 1934
Barclay 1935 and after  -  BAC to 107a
Barclay 1934 and after - B108 TO B218A
Barclay Podfoot
Barclay H.O. Railroad Figures
Barclay Midi Figures
Barclay Miscellaneous
Barclay Civilian & Military Vehicles
Bliss
Buddy L
Built-Rite
Cass
Champion Hardware Co.
Christies Metal Toy & Soldier Co.
Corcoran Metal Products / Cor-Cor
Cosmo Novelty Company
Courtland
Dale Model Company
Dayton Toy & Specialty Co.
Durrell Company / Trixytoy
Gem Clay Forming Co.
George Grampp
Greyklip Armies Uncle Sam's Defenders
Grey Iron Casting Co. LTD.
Grey Iron American Family Series
H.B.Toys - Helm Brothers Toys
Historical Miniatures
Holgate Brothers Toy Co.
Hubley Figurative Cast Iron
Hubley Military Vehicles, Equiptment & Guns
Ideal
J. Chein & Co.
James Miniatures
Jaymar Specialty Company
J.E. Stevens Co.
J.H. Miller Company
John Wright Co.
Jones - Metal Arts Minatures Co.
Kenton
Keystone Mfg. Co.
Kilgore
Kingsbury Mfg. Co.
Korean Grey Iron Reproductions
Liberty Playthings
Lincoln Logs - Noveltoy - Allied Toys
Lincoln Logs Sets
Loebel Widmann - Madein America
M & L Toy Co. Inc.
Manoil Pre WWII - M1 to M128
Manoil Happy Farm Series 1941  -  M129 to M169a
Manoil 1941 and after - MC1 to M224
Manoil My Ranch Corral Series
Manoil Cannons, Vehicles and Accessories
Marx 6 inch plastic figures
Marx American Heroes
Marx Comic, Disney & T.V. Figures
Marx Famous Canadians
Marx Goldmarx
Marx Miniature Masterpieces
Marx Miniature Playsets
Marx Playsets
Marx Playset Figures
Marx Religious Figures
Marx Tin & Plastic Military Toys
Marx Soldiers of Fortune
Marx Warriors of the World
Mattel
McLoughlin Bros.
Metal Cast Products Co.
Metal Toy Soldier Co.
Midgetoy
Milo King Fort Ticonderoga Souvenir Toy Soldiers
Milton Bradley Co.
Miscellaneous Military Toys
Molded Products
Moss Mfg. Co.
Nifty Play Toys
Ny-Lint Tool & Mfg. Co.
Overbach
Parker Brothers
Parachute Toys
Paul Paragine
Plastic Toys Inc.
Playwood Plastics - Transogram - Gold Medal
Pyro Plastics Inc.
Rich Toys Inc.
Remco
Renwal Manufacturing Company
Schieble Toy & Novelty Co.
Sell Rite Giftware
Sheila Inc.
Slik-Toys - Slikite
Smith-Miller
Soljertoy - Pearltoys
Steelcraft Mfg. Co.
Structo Toys
Sturditoy Corporation
The Conestoga Company
The Dent Hardware Co.
The Ohio Art Co.
The Sun Rubber Company
Theodore Hahn
Tip Top Toys
Toledo Metal Wheel Co.
Tommy Toy
Tonka Toys
Tootsietoy Military
Tru-Craft
Turner Toys
Unique Art Mfg. Co.
U.S. Toys - Ferdinand Gutmann & Co.
Victory Glass Inc. - J.H. Millstein Co.
Virginia Metalcrafters
Warren
Wellmade Doll Co.
William Feix
Wilton Products Inc.
Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co.
Wood Commodities Corp. / Commando Toys
W.S. Reed
Wyandotte Toys / All Metal Products
Breslin Industries of Canada
England
Mexico
Londontoy of Canada
A.H.I.
B. Shackman Co.
C.K. / Perfection Lead Toys / BESTMAID
George Borgfeldt Corporation
K.T.
L.H. & C. / Long Craft
Minikin
Sonsco / ALPS
Trico / Esanbe
Y.K.
B.F. (Blancherie Freres)
C.L. (Charles Lanoy)
G.M. (Georges Munckle)
H.R. (Henri Roger)
J.F. / J.S.F.
Vertunni (Gustave Vertunni)
Contemporary Dimestore Companies 1976 to Present

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C.K. (Kuromochi Shoten) / Perfection Lead Toys / BESTMAID

Location: Japan

Circa: 1930's

Specialties: C.K. produced a wide range of toys to include tin wind up toys, celluloid toy and hollowcast lead toys.

C.K. (Kuramochi Shoten) was one of the largest pre-war toy companies in Japan and distributed throughout the U.S. by The George Borgfeldt Co. Two of their main employees fearing the companies demise after WWII left to form Normura and Alps.

After collecting C.K. and Perfection Lead Toys of about 20 years I think I have a handle on their production. The Dimestore size Barclay short stride copies seems to have appeared around 1936 and was sold until the Japanese War stopped production in late 1937. After the War ended in 1945 C.K. resumed production of their original Dimestore sized Cowboys and Indians for a short period, presumably because of the loss of the original moulds, these figures were marked "MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN". Next they down-sized to 2 3/4 inch scale soldiers, followed by their final production in 55mm until the company was broken up around 1947 to 1948. Since Sonsco/Alps was formed from the breakup of C.K., that would explain the identical knights produced by them. Bestmaid is also connected to Sonsco/Alps. Bestmaid's 54mm mounted Officer and Officer marching with sword are identical to the same figures found in several different Sonsco/Alps boxed sets. To me it looks like C.K. came first, followed by Sonsco/Alps and finally Bestmaid toward the end.

All Values based on Mint Condition Only

C.K.

Dimestore size

Cowboy firing two pistols at waist - $40.00

Cowboy firing two pistols, one pointed straight out and the other pointed down - $45.00

Cowboy kneeling firing rifle - $50.00

Cowboy on galloping horse - $50.00

Cowboy on horse, facing left - 4 inches tall x 4 inches long - $40.00

Cowboy on horse, shooting backwards with pistol - $50.00

Cowboy surrendering, arms in air - $40.00

Doughboy Bayoneting, no bayonet - $45.00

Doughboy Bugler, 1st Version, chubby - $45.00 

Doughboy Bugler, 2nd Version - $45.00

Doughboy Drummer, 1st Version, chubby - $45.00 

Doughboy Drummer, 2nd Version - $45.00 

Doughboy Drum Major, 1st Version, chubby - $60.00

Doughboy Drum Major, 2nd Version - $60.00 

Doughboy Flag Bearer, 1st Version, chubby - $60.00

Doughboy Flag Bearer, 2nd Version - $60.00

Doughboy kneeling firing rifle, 1st Version, chubby - $40.00

Doughboy kneeling firing rifle, 2nd Version - $40.00

Doughboy Marching with rifle, 1st Version, chubby - $40.00

Doughboy Marching with rifle, 2nd Version - $40.00

Doughboy Port Arms - $45.00

Doughboy Standing Firing Rifle - $45.00

Indian on galloping horse - $50.00

Indian standing firing rifle, with right foot on rock - $45.00

Indian standing shooting bow - $45.00

Indian with knife and tomahawk - $45.00

Indian standing with tomahawk and spear, no markings - $60.00

Indian standing with tomahawk and spear, no markings, with tin base - $75.00

Infantry Officer Mounted - $50.00

Marine in flat top hat, marching with rifle - $50.00

Marine Officer in helmet, marching - $50.00

Marine Officer Mounted - $60.00

Marine Officer on prancing horse, tail straight out - 3 1/4 inches tall - $60.00 

Navy Officer in white, marching - $40.00

Sailor in blue, marching with rifle, 1st Version, chubby - $50.00

Sailor in blue, marching with rifle, 2nd Version - $50.00

Sailor in white, marching with rifle, 1st Version, chubby - $45.00

 Sailor in white, marching with rifle, 2nd Version - $45.00

2 3/4 Inch

Marked C.K. but sold in a Perfection Lead Toys box

Doughboy kneeling looking through binoculars - $40.00

Doughboy Machine Gunner & Ammo Feeder, prone - $70.00

Doughboy with two wooden ammo cans - $50.00

Palace Guard marching, left shoulder arms - $28.00

Tank, tin lithograph, wind up - 3 inches long - $50.00

55mm

Doughboy, Tuba, stationary arms, marked "C.K." & "JAPAN" on bottom of base, 1st version of the Perfection Lead Toys Doughboy band - $22.00

Perfection Lead Toys

55mm scale

American Soldiers, two machine gunners prone, two machine helpers prone, four ammo carriers with wooden ammo boxes, one soldier kneeling with binoculars, soldiers marked "C.K." - $225.00

Circus Days, 14 piece boxed Circus set, marked "PERFECTION BRAND" & "TRADE MARKED C.K." on insert, copies of post war Britains & Charbens circus figures - $1150.00

55mm Circus Figures

Barrel - $30.00

Camel - $255.00

Clown - $80.00

Elephant & clown - $250.00 

Fat Lady - $169.00 

Female performer & horse - $120.00 

Liberty Horse, dancing - $80.00

Lion - $60.00 

Lion Tamer - $80.00 

Man on stilts - $120.00

Midget on slide - $150.00

P.T. Barnum - $120.00 

Ringmaster - $120.00 

Tom Thumb - $80.00 

Knights in Armor, T131, two mounted knights and four foot knights standing with halberd, identical to the Sonsco knights - $90.00

Knights in Armor, T164, five mounted knights and eight foot knights standing with halberd, identical to the Sonsco knights - $150.00

Doughboy, Band Leader, stationary arms - $24.00

Doughboy, Bass Drummer, stationary arms - $24.00 

Doughboy, Bass Tuba, stationary arms - $24.00

Doughboy, Cymbals, moving arms - $28.00  

Doughboy, Flute, moving arms - $26.00 

Doughboy, French Horn, moving arms - $26.00

Doughboy, French Horn, stationary arms - $26.00

Doughboy, Saxophone, moving arms - $26.00

Doughboy, Saxophone, stationary arms - $26.00

Doughboy, Side Drummer, stationary arms - $24.00

Doughboy, Tuba, stationary arms - $24.00

Doughboy, Trombone, moving arms - $26.00

Knight, Mounted, with lance, moving arm, identical to the Sonsco mounted knight - $18.00

Knight, standing with halberd, moving arm, identical to the Sonsco knight - $12.00

BESTMAID

54mm

Doughboy Bugler - $30.00

Doughboy marching with rifle, right shoulder arms, movable rifle - $20.00

Officer marching with sword - $18.00

Officer Mounted - $28.00

Stretcher set, wearing gas masks, cloth stretcher with wire handles - $75.00

Miscellaneous C.K.

Air Ship 100, Zepplin, British Insignia stickers on tail fins, tin wind up - $1750.00 MIB

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