Posted 9 years ago
Found this at the bottom of a big box lot I purchased at an auction - SCORE! I know a little bit about trains, but not much. The top of the very fragile box reads "American Flyer" Manufacturing @ 2219 to 2239 So. Halsted St. Chicago, Ill. Miniature Railroads and has a faded drawing of what reminds me of a Victorian-era couple watching their two young children play with the train. Inside the box I also found a very old Christmas die-cut "Best Christmas Wishes" gift tag with Santa riding behind a loco. It was apparently a special gift for "Joseph".
I'm thinking this is very early AF, definitely pre-1918 due to the box address and possibly early Edmonds-Metzel? Wind-up steam loco is painted cast iron? The key is intact and the wind-up mechanism still works - the front two wheels turn. The set also includes a tin litho 1107 passenger car, a 328 coal tender and various track pieces.
I would love to know the provenance of this piece! My joy in finding such treasures is imagining the history behind them.
What are your thoughts on this item? Would love to learn more from some knowledgeable collectors and train enthusiasts!