This tin clockwork train set is in its original box. The illustrated box lid lifts to uncover a tin locomotive and two cabin cars. Marked "NS 1101" on a placard on the front and "1101" in a circle on the side, the locomotive is made of green tinplate and has a 4 wheel Dutch windup up clockwork mechanism. The cabin cars are a matching green color with white accents. This set also includes eight pieces of curved track, two pieces of straight track and the original wind up key. The cars are marked, "BUB Made in Western Germany".
Karl Bub founded this company in 1851 in Nüremberg, Germany. As all the other toy manufacturers in Nüremberg, Karl Bub intended his company to produce merry go-rounds, fountains, carts, horse-drawn street cars, fire engines, and other tin toys both with, and without mechanical (clockwork) drive units. American toy train collectors are familiar with the 'KBN' trademark, which stands for 'Karl Bub Nüremberg'. Bub made a superbly enameled and later lithographed line of clockwork tin transportation toys including trains. They started making floor trains that ran by clockwork in 1903. Track based trains came two years later in 1905. Then in 1914 an electric train was added to the product line. KBN never produced live steam locomotives. The very first trains consisted of 2-2-0 clockwork engines and open end passenger cars. The first models of both passenger and freight cars were of typical Nüremberg 4-wheel design. These early trains were made in gauge 1 and 'O' gauge. The factory was located at Gostendorfer Hauptstrasse 48. Karl Bub's daughter Emma married Albert Huck who eventually took over the management of KBN.
This vintage set is in very good condition. There were four "hangers" on the top of the train. This loco has had the hangers removed. One of them is in the box but the connectors and three other hangers are missing. There is some very minor scratching on the tops of the cars. The original key is present and the track is intact and in good condition. The box has its original insert and is in good condition with a clean and mildly scuffed illustration on the top and two split corners. The box measures 15 1/4" x 11 3/4" x 3".