This example is a modern new fake cast iron tractor toy marked, 'John Deere OP' Though the overseas company that made this 'collectible iron toy tractor' added that well-known tractor company's trademarked name to it, the John Deere company did not participate in its production.
John Deere is well known for commissioning true scale model toys of their tractors and farm implements. But since they never actually made a tractor that looked like this one it is hardly likely they would sanction the use of their name on it. This counterfeit item has wheels similar to those of John Deere's early Model D, but it has no fenders over the wheels. And on it we see the closed flywheel engine design of a post-1926 model, which would have had rubber tires in back, not steel wheels.
These recent imports can typically be purchased brand new for just a few dollars. But don't expect that to stop someone either with little knowledge about such things, or who knows a piece is new, but doesn't care, from pricing it like this one, or even higher, and representing a new item to be vintage, or even antique in age.
This is just one of the many new fake and reproduction cast iron 'nostalgic' toys on the market that may sometimes confuse new collectors. The best hazard avoidance system is in training your eye to look for characteristics common to new cast iron items and not maker's marks.
Measures 12 inches long, 5 inches deep and 8 inches tall. Also available in at least one smaller size measuring 8 1/2 inches long, 4 1/2 inches deep and 4 1/2 inches tall.
Illustrations and Characteristics for Help in Identifying Many Confusing New Items
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