Nomura means 'field village', or 'wilderness field' and is also known as TN. It was one of the biggest and most prolific of all post-war Japanese toy makers and was specialized in mostly mechanical and wind-up friction toys featuring very creative designs.
Nomura was an early player in the tin toy game, opening its doors in the late 1940s and quickly dominating the marketplace with colorful and original tin toy vehicles that embodied the new paradigm of Wakon Yosai ("Japanese spirit, Western technology").
Nomura had long been at the top of their game when Astro Boy and Tetsujin (Iron Man) 28 arrived to herald the age of homegrown SF robots, and tin was the perfect material to render them in three dimensions. Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet flew in from the USA to create a perfect storm, and Nomura was right there at the epicenter.
Vintage Nomura TWA DC-9 multiaction airplane:
Larry - October 8, 2014
I have an in the box bartender, battery operated, manufactured by nomura. side of box says "1. he shakes the cocktail mixer. 2. he deftly fills his glass as he sways from side to side. 3. the tasty drink turns his face fire red as he smacks. 4 he resets himself at the original position for repeated actions. can't find it listed. want to know what it's worth. can anyone help?
Paal- - January 26, 2014
Hello.Looking for a Louis Armstrong wind up figure, made byNomura ca.1960.Can anyone help?
►reply: Rare toy, a year ago one was sold on ebay for 183 USD... Maybe someday one will pop up again.
Julie Lee - December 22, 2013
When were Vintage Auto Series No. 2 made?
►reply: I can't find any info on the manufacturing years, but judging on the value (around 10-15 USD) and how they look like (plastic parts, details, box, etc.) I guess 1960s, 1970s.
Joanne Hagon - February 25, 2013
hi, i have a motorcycle and side car with soldiers riding. the sidecar is fitted with a machine gun and when wound up sparks come from the gun. the motor cycle and side car are both in camoflauge and the soldiers seem to have an orangery and brownish uniform. the markings on the motorcycle are tn within a diamond and underneath says made in japan. i have tried to find another online to compare but still can not find anything.can you help with year of manufacture and any other relevant information. thanks.
Cl - February 20, 2013
I have a tin fire engine that looks remarkably like the Vintage tin friction fire engine bell japan selling on this page except it has 2 standing firefighters on the back a ladder that extends from the back of the truck over the windshield with a siren disk on the front hood of the truck... the trademark has Japan in a square on the left and T.N. in a square diamond with TRADE JAPAN on the two lines that make the top part of the diamond.
Harley Sullivan - November 29, 2012
I have a red and white dump truck with Chevy bow ties on the hubcaps and a 1958 truck hood emblem. The T.N in a diamond with trademark and under it made in japan . It takes batterys marked buttery.Anyway can't find a single picture or information on the year of manufacture or value
►reply: Have you tried searching for images of dump truck nomura? Because Nomura and TN are one and the same.
Dianna Garcia - September 25, 2012
I have a unique T.N wind up toy that look like mickey mouse not sure it is overall tin except the wire tin tail has a plastic insert on the tail and also the ears are plastic the mouse is playing a drum at his waist the drum has a yellow star trimmed in red when you wind it the tail spin and it plays the drum outfit red jacket lined in yellow and, striped white and blue pants shoes are red and he wearing a bow tie with pocka dots it looks very old the size is 4 1/2 inches to the top of the ears.I would like information of the value and year. Thank you so much Dianna
Gary Weiser - July 5, 2012
I have a antique toy fire truck with a TN inside a diamond on the back, also has JAPAN opposite the TN. with FIRE DEPT wrote in English above those. It is friction and when you turn back wheels, a whistle or horn goes off. It has one side and 2 back riders. the side rider is carrying a red flag, which I think is supposed to come up when wheels turn, thinking rod came loose on inside.Who made this, when, where,and what is value?
►reply: Yes, when wheels turn the arm with flag should wave. One on eBay has been sold for 30 USD, one for sale for 99 USD. Japanese company TN (also known as Nomura) made dozens of (tin) toys in the 1960s.
Julie Sonntag - May 30, 2012
I have a TN all tin guitar and want to know what is worth?Thanks, and hope to hear form you soon
►reply: Try the completed auctions on eBay.
E.franz - March 20, 2012
I am looking for information/value of a T.N, made inJapan, friction tin toy that is a combination pistol and jet with a pilot, and a B6 on the side. Thanks.
Ken - February 17, 2012
i have a friction helicopter with piston and engine fan action with origional box. could tell me what it's worth
Steve - September 5, 2011
I have an unused TN Tank and woud love to know anything
Ivo - June 11, 2011
Hello, I live in Germany and have a Nomura (t.N) tin guitar in very good condition, I have never seen another one and I think about selling it (probably on ebay). How is the price for such a piece? Thanks for any answers, Ivo