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Late 19th C. Converse Horse Pull Toy
This early horse pull toy was made by the Morton E. Converse Co. in Wichenden, Massachusetts in the 4th quarter of the 19th C. This one is all original with no restoration. The horse retains pieces of its original tack and reddish-brown painted body. The wheeled platform base has the original iron wheels and its original Converse label, although worn. This was a much loved, favorite toy, as you can see from the photos. And although he shows a lot of wear, he is rare due to both his larger size and scarcity. Measuring " wide by " deep by " tall.
In 1873 Morton E. Converse purchased a wood mill and began making wooden furniture. He eventually started making toys there. The toys were manufactured under the name of Mason & Converse. In 1883, the company name was changed to Morton E. Converse Co. His Wichenden, Massachusetts factory, nicknamed the Toytown Complex, was the largest wooden toy factory in the world.