A wonderful old TIN TOY BANJO with great graphics of a Negro Boy in the centre and various Negro musicians around the outer rim. The Banjo is 18 1/2" long and has a diameter of 9" at widest point. It is missing the fret and 3 string pegs which no-doubt could be replaced without too much difficulty.There is some very minor surface rust spotting on the back. It is now really hard to find items of this quality & vintage by CHAD VALLEY with the negro / Black Boy theme. I would think that the item dates to the 1950's...maybe 1960's.
Chad Valley is a long-established brand of toys in the United Kingdom. The company has its roots in a printing business established by Anthony Bunn Johnson in Birmingham in the early 19th century. Under the management of his son Joseph and grandson Alfred the company moved to the suburb of Harborne, in the valley of a stream called the Chad, from which the name comes. The company was one of the UK 's leading toy makers for most of the 20th century, but in the 1970s it closed several factories and was taken over by Palitoy in 1978.
At Molloy's of Milford Antiques Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
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