1925 Ives Model 2 Complete Train in original Box

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 07, 2011
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This is absolutely unbelievable. One of my customers just walked in with a COMPLETE 1925 Ives Trains. This is model 2--Ives didn't do the G or S guage--they ran their own sizes and this is larger than the G or S. Info on the Ives trains is below. This is still in its original box even though the cover is quite worn (see pix), it is still here. Also with the train is the original booklet/catalogue that came with it. The cover is worn with frayed edges and corners but all of the pages are intact and not torn or even creased. The color throughout is wonderful.

AS is the train itself--you can see the original orange color is bright. All of the cars in the set--engine, parlor, observation and buffet cars--are in fantastic condition--no rust spots--just some chipped paint as we showed in one pix. I've taken 67 pix of the catalog (34 pages) and train and will forward as many pix as you want at your request (eBay only lets us put 12 with the listing and it was hard to choose which to include). I would suggest that you request the pix so you know exactly what you are getting. It comes with 8 curved track pieces, 7 straights and 2 half-straights. Also includes all of the track plates, horn switch, transformer, 2 replacement bulbs for the headlights and crossguard (in metal). These are also in super shape although the transformer's wire has been spliced. My customer got this from his aunt and he remembers last having it out and playing with it when he was sixteen (he's in his forties now). The train did run when it was packed away and he assumes that it still will run.

We've checked with the Ives Collector's Society and several books and we are listing this well below retail. It would be an excellent addition to anyone's collection.

The Ives Manufacturing Company, an American toy manufacturer from 1868 to 1932, was the largest manufacturer of toy trains in the United States from 1910 until 1924, when Lionel Corporation overtook it in sales.

Ives was founded in Plymouth, Connecticut by Edward Ives, a descendant of Plymouth colony governor William Bradford. The company initially produced paper dolls whose limbs moved in response to hot air, but soon began producing a wide range of toys, including a toy cannon that shot using real gunpowder and clockwork powered dolls and animals that could move. The clockwork toys were designed by Jerome Secor, Nathan Warner, and Arthur Hotchkiss and by the 1880s, Ives was a leading producer of these toys.

Its emphasis shifted to trains as its designs were copied by other toymakers who were willing to sell them more cheaply. Ives' trains were made of tin or cast iron and initially powered by clockwork, but like later electric trains, some models could whistle and smoke. A fire in its main factory destroyed its tooling in 1900, which prompted a re-design for 1901 that resulted in Ives' first toy train that ran on track. In the end this benefited the company, as the insurance money permitted it to build a modern factory with state-of-the-art tooling.

Although several companies were selling electric trains at the time, Ives opted to remain with clockwork, partly because many U.S. homes still lacked electricity.

Initially, Ives' greatest competition came from German imports, and not from domestic manufacturers. Ives' response was with marketing, which it directed at its target audience, the twelve-year-old boy. Its campaigns addressed boys as business partners, telling them that the success of Ives' fictional railroad, Ives Railway Lines, depended on their shrewd management. This worked, building brand loyalty.

Ives released its first electric trains in 1910, partially in response to companies such as American Flyer undercutting its prices on clockwork trains. Ives initially produced electric trains in O gauge and 1 gauge.

Ives' train sales continued to decline in the face of increasing competition and Lionel's greater momentum, the latter having released its first electric trains nearly a decade earlier. Me...