Nifty Play Toys
Founder: George Borgfeldt was born in Meldorf, Austria on August 25th, 1833. He served as an apprentice in Rensburg, Austria and moved to the U.S at the age of 20. He worked as a clerk until he opened a store in Nashville, Tennessee in 1857. In 1865 Borgfeldt moved to New York and engaged in the commission business. In 1881 Borgfeldt founded the importing business and ran it actively until retiring in 1897. Borgfeldt died in Doeblinz, Austria in November 1903.
Location: New York
Circa: 1881 to 1950
Nifty Play Toys was a trademark and company owned by George Borgfeldt & Co. Nifty produced original figures made of hollowcast slush lead. Although crude in appearance, thay had wimsical original scultping. The most recognizable set attributed to Nifty is the circus figures, but a boxed set of Nifty cowboys and Indians with the same slotted trays and names has also turned up.
Borgefeldt was also one of the first companies to license cartoon & T.V. characters. Some of the known licenses of the George Borgfeldt company are; Alma, 1925 Baby Bo-Kaye (designed by Joseph L. Kallus) 1926 Bonnie Babe, Lilly, Snookum, Celebrate, Uwanta, Juno, Floradora, Kidlyne, My Playmate, My Dearie, Pansy, Little Bright Eyes, My Girl, Happifat, Cudist, Peero, Butterfly, Prize Baby, September Morn Doll, Mamma's Angel Child, Bettijak, Nobbikid, Rastus, Skating Charlotte, Preshus, Em-boss-O, Hillikid, Come-A-Long, 1923 Bye-Lo Baby & 1928 Fly-Lo or Baby Aero (designed by Grace Storey Putnam), Mimi, Daisy, Rosemarie, Felix, Bringing Up Father, Wathsmatter, Ko-Ko, Little Annie Rooney, Jackie Coogan, Buttercup, Featherweight, Rolly-I-Tot, Bonton, Jolly Jester, Rag & Tag, 1929 Gladdie (designed by Helen W. Jensen), Mignonne, Nifty, Rosy Posy, Sugar Plum, Just Me, Babykins, Mary Ann & Mary Jane.
All Values based on Mint condition only
N1 May & Maude the Horse - $80.00
N2 Ringmaster with Whip - $50.00
N3 Samson the Strongman - $65.00
N4 Charlie and Joe the Camel - $90.00
N5 Clarence the Clown Playing Drum -$65.00
N6 Jumbo the Elephant - $80.00
N7 Tom & Dick the Wagon Horses -$75.00
N8 Circus Wagon - $100.00
N9 Eddie sitting on Mule - $65.00
N10 Tulley the Announcer, with Hand in Air- $50.00
N11 Bill the Clown, Standing on Ball - $60.00
N12 Duke and Dodo the Dog - $60.00
Boxed Circus Set - $1800.00
Santa Maria, Columbus's Flag Ship, marked "SANTA MARIA" on both sides, slush lead, closed smooth pan with two openings - 3 1/2 inches tall x 4 5/8 inches long - $125.00
Toonerville Trolley, marked "TOONERVILLE COPYRIGHT 1923 FOX" on one side and "TOONERVILLE" on the other side, slush lead - 3 1/2 inches tall x 3 1/8 inches long - $180.00 no box to $350.00 MIB
NC-150 Helicopter, wooden pull toy, rotars spin when toy is pulled making a clicking sound - $160.00