The Japanese have a long history of manufacturing a wide variety of tin toys. Inspired by the German and American manufacturers of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the Japanese quickly adopted the advanced production techniques of construction and lithography. Tin has long been a favored material for toy makers as it is lightweight yet durable, easy to shape and inexpensive. The Japanese tin toy industry really exploded after World War II. During this time large numbers of Japanese spaceships, ray-guns, toy cars and trucks, boats, buildings and every other type of tin toy imaginable flooded the market.
Founded in the 1940’s in Tokyo, Nomura was one of the largest and most prolific Japanese toy makers from the late 1940’s through the 1970’s. Naito Shoten was founded in the 1960’s and was either a division of or worked closely with Nomura. Shoten which means “shop” branded their products AN or AHI. Although their history is somewhat fuzzy, it is assumed that Shoten produced mostly toy robots in 1960’s along with a small selection of other toys in the mid-1950’s. Shoten’s AHI brand stand for Azrak-Hamway International, a US toy distributor/manufacturer based in New York. Azrak-Hamway International was founded in 1964 and Shoten was likely an early supplier of toys for them.
Yellow Garage dealer The White Rabbit presents a mid-century AHI battery operated “non-stop” tin boat with the original lithographed box. Despite being over 50 years old, this boat appears to have lived its life in some child’s toy box and has never been played with. The lithographed colors on both the boat and box are as bold and bright as the day they were made. The pictures vividly show the “new” condition of this tin toy and box. The boat measures 10 1\2” from bow to stern and 6 3\4” from the rudder to the top of the stack. For any serious toy collector it is unusual enough to find a toy of this age with its original box, but, to find it in unused condition is unheard of.
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Mid Century Shoten AHI Tin Non-Stop Toy Boat with Original Box
$285 SALE PENDING
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