VERY RARE KNAPP CAST IRON ENGINE 222 & TENDER 2" C/1905

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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 03,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

VERY RARE KNAPP CAST IRON ENGINE 222 & TENDER 2" C/1905
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HERE IS A VERY RARE CAST IRON KNAPP ENGINE 222 with TENDER, probably from between 1904-1909. A VERY RARE ANTIQUE ENGINE and TENDER (with raised lettering)in NEAR MINT CONDITION. It is from the very obscure turn of the century company: The KNAPP CO. I will let the pictures speak for them selves as to condition and authenticity and size. Ruler included in some shots for scale. I am using many photo's from different angles and this should suffice. KNAPP Co. made from quality cast iron and great electric motors and this RARE EXAMPLE is in BEAUTIFUL CONDITION. Probably will not see another of these offered and this may be your only chance to acquire. I have researched the prices from past sales (few and far between) and comparable items have sold in the 4,000 to 7,000 range. Very reasonable starting range. PLEASE READ at the end of description the terms and shipping information. Here is some info I found on KNAPP: The Knapp Electric and Novelty Company was founded in 1895 in New York, N.Y. by inventor David W. Knapp. The company introduced a full line of 2" gauge 2 rail electric trains in 1904 making them one of the earliest producers of electric toy trains. The company also made electic motors, toy electric automobiles, board games, shocking coils, dynamos, fans and electric specialties. The company's small, 3 pole armature based DC motors were acquired by the AC Gilbert Company and used in their famous Erector Sets. Knapp was the only 2" gauge 2 rail electric train company that made locomotives that had cast iron bodies. Knapp also did not manufacture as wide a variety of electric trains that the other train makers (Voltamp, Howard, Carlisle & Finch) of that era made. All of their locomotives used the 0-4-0 wheel arrangement. Carlisle & Finch acted as a distributor and marketed toys made by Knapp Electric. Like Carlisle & Finch trains, the Knapp electrics utilized wet cell batteries for DC operation. Train production ended in 1913, but Knapp later marketed HO scale trains from 1931-46 that ironically ran on AC power. Knapp made toy trains in New York city from perhaps 1904 to 1913 or so. There is very little known about this company. They produced catalogs in 1910 and 1911 then disappeared from the face of the earth. Along with "Howard" they were the most obscure manufacturers of 2" gauge toy trains. Then we find Lionel. They intended to make 2" gauge trains, but their sub supplier produced track an 1/8th inch short. So they built their trains to run on this odd scale track and called it "Standard Gauge." There was nothing standard about it. Every other maker of toy trains was in 2 inch gauge. Lionel had to make its toys and fight existing companies like Carlisle and Finch, Voltamp and European makers, who all worked in 2 inch gauge. Somehow Lionel prevailed and 2 inch gauge toy trains died. Among the wasted in this toy war was Knapp, who died earlier than most. This Knap engine is from (probably 1904-1909) and represents the company's last gasp at the toy train market. I WILL BE LISTING MORE SOON> PLEASE CHECK MY OTHER AUCTIONS FOR BLISS TOYS, TIN TOYS, CAST IRON TOYS, WIND UP TOYS, MODEL RAILROAD and other fine ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES. The shipping, packaging, and insurance will be $65.00 anywhere in USA. I will use good packing materials and send by USPS Mail, FED-EX or UPS. INSURED- Your choice. Please ask any questions prior to bidding and good luck.
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