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Object ID 001083

Object Name Tin Tops

Object Desc Two J Chein tin top toys. J Chein tin top clowns spinning toy. J Chein tin top children playing instruments spinning toy.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000952a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hallway Shelf 2

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords J. Chein & Company,Tin Top,toys,metal toys,Chein, Julius,tops,spinning tops,

Title Tin Tops

Description J Chein clown tip top spinning toy (a). On top there are 4 clowns that have a yellow background. Clowns are wearing blue and green clothes and hats. There is a blue star in the middle of toy. There is a red handle for toy. On the bottom of toy, there are two clowns, a rabbit, and a duck. There is a blue circle on the bottom. One of the clowns has a red umbrella. Tip top spinning toy with children playing instruments (b). On top there are 4 girls playing intruments. The instruments are a banjo, saxophone, accordian, and a clarinet. There is a pig, mouse, baby, and rabbit in between the girls playing instruments. There is a green border. There is a red handle for toy. The bottom of toy are red, green, yellow, and blue stripes.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5.5

Length 6

Width 6

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The above dimensions are for clown spinning toy (a). Children playing instruments (b) has a height of 6", length of 5" and width of 5."

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker J. Chein & Company

Maker Details J. Chein & Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1903 through the 1980s. It is best remembered today for its mechanical toys made from stamped and lithographed tin produced from the 1930s through the 1950s. Founded by Julius Chein in a loft in New York City, Chein's earliest toy production was a line of premiums for the Cracker Jacks snack line. The American Can Company provided the lithographic printing for Chein's early output until 1907 when Chein opened their own full production plant in Harrison, New Jersey. With their new facilities, they were able to produce piggy banks, noisemakers and model horse-drawn carriages. They also manufactured a number of toys under license from such companies as King Features Syndicate and Walt Disney Productions, producing Popeye, Felix the Cat and various Disney character toys.

Maker Mark


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Date NOV 21,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Rachel Baker

Notes Colors are faded and the tin has rust.


Date NOV 21,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 9 from Room 1, Shelf 7 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 8,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 2 from Room 1, Shelf 9 - automatic entry by admin