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    Posted 5 years ago

    TheGateKee…
    (220 items)

    I posted this wagon model four years ago. At the time I had no idea as to its origins. The previous owner in Dayton, Ohio had it displayed in his office for many years but had no idea where it came from. Recently I ran across information on the internet. Now I believe that this wagon is a model of a Brown Manufacturing Co. wagon. What it was used for is anyone's guess. W.P. Brown founded the company in 1879. The company manufactured plows and other agricultural implements in addition to wagons. The front of their wagons was labeled Zanesville after the location where produced, and the side was labeled Brown. The company often painted their wagons dark green with golden yellow lettering and striping.

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    1. buckethead, 5 years ago
      Very Nice!
    2. thegatherer thegatherer, 5 years ago
      Sweet.....
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Beautifully made model & thanks for the size references. Probably a salesman's sample.
    4. Recordmantime, 5 years ago
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/WAGON-BROWN-MANUFACTURING-Co-ZANESVILLE-OHIO-TRADE-CARD-/172192785593?nma=true&si=lkWcBETyXApMFaxG5AV6rxsBUno%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
    5. Recordmantime, 5 years ago
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqhPJbQOghA
    6. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      Thank you all for your comments, loves, and references. You make it worthwhile.
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      I'm still looking for the brake.
    8. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      It has disc brakes or they just dragged their feet. Just kidding. The brake arm is on the opposite side, hidden by the seat. Don't have a photo of that side. You can see the brake pads on the rear wheels.
    9. AzTom AzTom, 5 years ago
      It has disc brakes on the back side of the wheel hubs,lol

      That is a great looking wagon with excellent detail. If this were a 1880's salesmen sample, would the nuts have been square rather than hex?
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      OK. Now I see them. If the hand lever is that short, they must be hydraulic !
    11. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      AZTom - You are correct about the nuts. I am sure this is not an 18880s model.
      The wheel tires are a giveaway also.
    12. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      Blunderbuss,
      Look at the earlier post of this wagon. One of the photos shows the brake lever and mechanism.
    13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Went back & looked. All the real levers I remember seeing were longer. Maybe these are power/boosted brakes. LOL !!
    14. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      AZTom - Your comment about hex nuts got me thinking. When were they first used? Internet research tells me they were manufactured and used in the 1880s.
      The photo I added of the green wagon appears to have hex nuts on the hubs. Hard to see in the photo.
    15. AzTom AzTom, 5 years ago
      You are correct on that. I research that years ago to help determine the age of items.

      I don't think any hex nuts were made this small in the 1800's, but I am not positive of that. Toys and many other items were still using the small square nuts in the 1930's.
      That said, your wagon is a beauty even by today's standards.

      Now I have to search when disc brakes came about,lol
    16. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      This has the appearance of a more modern piece. To me, the color and the wood burn name "Brown" are typical of modern construction.

      I have seen well made items similar to this that were made/ sold in the 1980s as collector pieces.

      scott
    17. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the lug nuts lesson. Yes, I agree that this has to be a modern piece. Maybe the next version will have disc brakes. I have really enjoyed displaying it. Have had a lot of nice comments about it at the collector shows I've taken it to. Great conversation starter.
    18. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      It is a "show stopper" and has some fantastic detail work. A great example of artwork in miniature.

      scott
    19. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 5 years ago
      I am particularly curious about the door in the tailgate. Was this a grain wagon.

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