Holgate Brothers Toys
Founder: Cornelius Holgate
Location: Kane, Pennsylvania
Circa: 1789 to Present
In 1789 Cornelius Holgate established a woodworking shop on the outskirts of Philadelphia in the Colonial town of Roxborough.
Shortly after the Civil War, Holgate moved to Kane, Pennsylvania, to be near the area's abundant hardwood forests. In 1929, our company expanded its product line by making educational pre-school wooden toys. Holgate's early toy designer was Jarvis Rockwell, brother of famous illustrator Norman Rockwell who visited the Holgate factory on several occasions. Jarvis Rockwell's concern for safety, durability and educational play earned him recognition as America's premier toy designer during this period.
Today, Holgate is recognized as the premier maker of children's wooden toys in America.
Holgate merged with Playschool in 1958 which is now owned by Hasbro.
All Values based on Mint Condition only
Army Ambulance, No.670, wooden pull toy, black rubber wheels, 2 blue peg soldiers, 3 white peg medics - 9 inches long - Circa 1943 - $200.00
Army Jeep, No.664, wooden pull toy, 4 peg soldiers - Circa 1943 - $90.00
Army Six x Six Truck, No.666, wooden pull toy, black rubber wheels, 12 blue peg soldiers - 9 inches long - Circa 1943 - $90.00 to $150.00
Battle Cruiser, No.250, wooden bathtub ship - Circa 1942 - $90.00
Captain Kangaroo Battleship, No.138, wooden pull toy, 3 peg sailors - 17 inches long - $160.00
Jeep Tank Destroyer, No.665, wooden pull toy, 4 peg soldiers - 12 1/2 inches long - Circa 1956 - $120.00
Tank, Make A Toy, wooden puzzle toy - 9 1/2 inches long - Circa 1948 - $75.00
Tank, No.624, wooden pull toy, three peg soldiers, ten wheels - 12 inches long - Circa 1942 - $130.00
War Train, No.12, wooden pull toy, one peg engineer & 3 peg soldiers - 30 inches long - Circa 1942 - $240.00
155mm Tank, No.669, wooden pull toy, 12 wheels, 4 peg soldiers - 11 inches long - Circa 1943 - $90.00