The Lehmann toy company exported toys to the USA from 1895 to 1929 and specialized in mechanical, friction transportation and lithographed wind-up tinplate toys.

Founded by Ernest Lehmann Co. in Brandenberg, Germany, 1881. In 1951 the fim re-established and is still making friction toys. Some of the most famous include: Autobus, the Dancing Sailor and Icarus.

Lehmann logoLehmann distinguished itself early 20th-century by releasing small tin toys which were cheaper than the toys the competition made. End of the 19th century, beginning of th 20th, competitors were producing heavy, cast-iron toys. By the 1920s the Lehmann company had a staff over 800 people and made 80+ different toy designs.

Identifying

Lehmann New Century CycleToy collectors don't have to worry about fakes, a feature that separates them from most other toy collectibles.

All genuine toys have the Lehmann logo: an "e" surrounded by a bell or the name itself embossed on it. Unfortunately, nowadays you can also find this mark on reproductions and knockoffs. If you want to find out if you have a genuine Lehmann or a repro, read this article on realorrepro.com.

The most attractive Lehmann toys to collectors today were made from the early 1900s through about 1950, a time when thousands of toys were send throughout the world by a firm that employed 800 people at its heydays.

After WW2, Lehmann was taken over by Russian occupiers, and the toys made after 1948don't have the same quality and 'feeling' as their earlier toys. Even after 1951, when a cousin to the founder restarted the business they toys had lost their cache.

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Updated: 15 Dec. 2015

Lehmann value

What's it worth? Take a look at this Lehmann price guide: sold listings for a value indication.

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Julie - December 28, 2014

I loved playing with the balky donkey as a kid, 50 yrs ago. It was my dad's. Now the spring has sprung. Where can I get it repaired?
►reply: There are some companies specialized in repairing old tin toys for example: classic tin toy co., randys toyshop or Uncle Al's Toys.

Michael Bendeaux - March 20, 2014

Hi, I have what I believe to be a Lehmann circus clown and decorated horse but I cannot see a makers mark anywhere and I cannot see it listed in your website. Am I the possessor of a fake?Many thanks

Christine - August 10, 2013

i have a balky mule-comical clown wind up tin toy made by lehmann toys,germany ,just wondering what the price range of worth is .its completely intact and works and is in very good condition
►reply: Beware of remakes, originals can fetch a few hundred dollars.

Debbie - September 12, 2011

Hi - I just purchased a "Lehmann Nu-Nu" and would like some information from an expert like yourself. I have been told that it has "Retractable wheels/motor" - what does that mean? When I wind the wheels go back up in the cart. Are there any special instructions to this toy that I should know about? I would appreciate any info that you can give to me. Thank you so much for anything that you can tell me.

Thomas - March 23, 2011

How much should I pay aprox. for a non boxed good condition Lehmann Galop race car #1 and a Autobus 590?

Dee - November 2, 2010

HI I HAVE A GERMAN PUPPET NAME OF HIS HAT IS LEHMANN GASTAV HIS HANDS AND LEGS MOVE HE HAS A LONG STRING ATTACT TO HIS HAT. I WANT TO SELL THIS PUPPET BUT DONT KNOW WHAT SITE I CAN PUT IT ON CAN YOU HELP?
►reply: Maybe eBay or ask here: www.artofthetintoy.com

Nadine - September 20, 2010

My husband has recently purchased a Lehmann toy of an ostrich pulling a cart. He can fix anything and we are wondering where to find info on how to make this cart work again. thanks so much! we love our toy.