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Rare Camion of Victor Bonnet

February 3, 2018 0 Comments
Rare Camion of Victor Bonnet

After Victor Bonnet took over the toy business from Flersheim in 1919 he makes, among other things, ‘Camion’ (no. 249). This is an open truck from the ‘Les Auto-Transports’ series. A fellow collector drew my attention to a different ‘camion’ on Ebay and at the moment I looked at the photo the auction was immediately terminated. The […]

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Jeu de Pêche a la Grenouille Sauteuse

January 7, 2018 0 Comments
Jeu de Pêche a la Grenouille Sauteuse

Osenat Fontainebleau (Paris, France) In November 2017 a toy auction was held in France at auction house Osenat Fontainebleau. With seven lots of toys made by Fernand Martin, including a rare game that is known in our book without a photo: number 206 ‘Jeu de Pêche a la Grenouille Sauteuse’. A fishing game with frogs […]

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Spring 2017: latest news.

April 12, 2017 0 Comments
Spring 2017: latest news.

This spring there is plenty to do for Fernand Martin enthusiasts! Several international auction houses are having toys made by him in their catalogs. Some prices are very reasonable, and other prices were very high! Fernand Martin still lives among collectors as we experience from the questions sent to us regularly. Your questions and messages […]

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A Bargain for Martin Collectors

January 14, 2017 0 Comments
A Bargain for Martin Collectors

On January 10, 2017 on Ebay USA an unusual lot was sold. It was a toy of Fernand Martin, named ‘L’ Eminent Avocat’. In our book “Fernand Martin Toymaker in Paris’ is it, with several variations, shown on p. 146-147. The description of the seller was: “Fernand Martin, the advocate, wind-up tin toy, circa 1905, […]

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‘Le Jeu de Massacre’

December 12, 2016 0 Comments
‘Le Jeu de Massacre’

Two years after our publication of ‘Fernand Martin, toymaker in Paris’ we, Arthur Verdoorn and Lourens Bas,  were very happy and surprised to read an article in The Antique Toy World of December 2016. Renaud Fournier described the discovering of ‘Le Jeu de Massacre’.  It is marked in the lower right as well as the […]

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L’Autopatte by Flersheim

October 2, 2015 0 Comments
L’Autopatte by Flersheim

Recently I saw on Ebay a perfect L’Autopatte for sale. This one was not made by Fernand Martin but by Georges Flersheim, one of his successors after 1912. The box is exactly the same as the box Martin made and even has the ‘FM’-mark on it but the toy for sure is made by Flersheim. […]

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Picture of a French street vendor selling Martin-toys

October 8, 2014 0 Comments
Picture of a French street vendor selling Martin-toys

This picture shows ‘La vendeuse de jouet’ a French lady selling toys of Martin in the open air, around 1900. From left to right you see: Le Pochard, Le Chinois, La Blanchisseuse, Le Faucheur, Ma Portiere, Le Gai Violoniste, L’Homme de Corvée, Le Balayeur and L’Oie. The whole picture is showed in the book at […]

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La Nature (1894-1895)

September 20, 2014 0 Comments
La Nature (1894-1895)

Monsieur François Mesqui (France) shared with us this nice early drawings from “La Course de Taureau’ (1894) and ‘Ma Portìere’ (rubber band version, 1895). They were original depicted in the French magazine ‘La Nature’, a scientific magazine.    

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Look Alike of Martin Toy?

July 4, 2014 0 Comments
Look Alike of Martin Toy?

This picture was sent to us by a collector. He asked for more information. This toy will be in the book at page 229 in the chapter about ‘Imitators”. It is called “Le Livreur Rapide” and made by S.I.J.I.M (no. 36). For sure it is not a Martin-toy!! But this toy is very rare, only […]

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The Martin Exhibit which took first price at The St. Louis World’s Fair 1904

June 6, 2014 0 Comments
The Martin Exhibit which took first price at The St. Louis World’s Fair 1904

The Fernand Martin booth included a centrepiece representing a fun fair on a square, with stages and performers and musicians. All the people at the fair are Fernand Martin toys. F. Martin was awarded First Prize for this entry! (see book on page 176)

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