Wolverine Supply & Manufacturing history
The Wolverine Supply & Manufacturing Company (1903-1950) was founded in Pittsburgh by Benjamin Bain and his wife in Pennsylvania in 1903 and incorporated in 1906. The early toys Wolverine made were set in motion by the weight of marbles or sand. These toys were highly popular and were usually designed to unload marbles or sand from an elevated hopper and once set in operation, they would continue to operate until the supply of sand or marbles was exhausted, thereby providing endless hours of fun for kids. "Sandy Andy" were these type of toys called.
In 1918, Wolverine's line expanded to include girls' toys. Introduced at the New York Toy Fair in March of that year, were such toys as sand pails, tea sets, wash tubs, ironing boards, glass washboards and even miniature grocery stores. In 1928, Wolverine introduced their "Sunny Andy" and Sunny Suzy" toys. Company advertising explained that the new names for the toys would cover all toys not operated by sand. By 1929, airplanes, boats, buses, and other toys had joined the Wolverine family of toys. Wolverine continued to expand their toy line throughout the 1930s, right up to the beginning of WWII, almost as if they were immune from the effects of the Depression. Even the sand toys, relatively unchanged from the early 1900's, were still being sold into the 1950's.
Kathleen Osberg - August 13, 2013
I have one of your adding machines patent 2243884 what can you tell me about it?
Not much I'm afraid. If you're looking for a value, try search for wolverine adding machine on this website.
Jim Urice - July 10, 2013
Have a diving submarine with some original paint--windup still works. How old is it and should it be restored. any idea on value--considerable rust but planes and rudder still moves.
Many collectors like their toys unrestored, so you have to consider that. Difficult to give a value, but on eBay some were recently sold between 20 and 200 USD. Take a look here for the list.
Sandy Mitchell - June 13, 2013
I have a Wolverine play cupboard that hangs on the wall It has Dutch boys and girls on it, one long drawer and 2 shelves and on the bottom 2 cupboard doors. dimensions are 24x18x6 give or take a few inches any info on this product would be greatly appreciated.
John W - April 13, 2013
WE have a Wolverine "Ind. No. 905" washing machine in original box.Any estimate on how much it might be worth? Best way to sell it?
I cannot find this particular model, but Wolverine washers go on eBay from 30 up to 200 USD or even more. Also depends on state/complete, etc.
Glennis Thompson - February 26, 2013
I have a metal canoe/kayak that was my Grandfathers as a child.can't find anything similar on line.it has green hull with cream deck with what i think is an indian motiff. Can't identify,can u help.approx.10 inches long,has Edna onrear hull
Jim Stewart - February 10, 2013
I have a old texaco gas station n its missing everything how can i get the parts i need to have a complete gas station? THANK U!!!!
Best is to contact the toy repair and part shops I have listed on my links page.
Kevin Hume - December 11, 2012
I have two Wolverine games from the '20s. Motor Race and Aeroplane Race with cars and planes. Does anyone have an old catalog or brochure that they could copy that has pictures of the other wolverine games (i.e. Sandy Andy Boat Race, Speedboat Race) that would have pictures of the playing pieces and boards?
I could only find these Wolverine Speed Boat Race toys for sale right now on eBay. With pics.
Bob - December 1, 2012
i have a starquest pinball machine in working order in great shape would u have any idea if its a rare item and what its worth i believe my parents payed $175 back in 78-79
I think best is to search for the same kind of pinballs made by Wolverine and see what they fetch. Or visit this aracde forum and ask people there. I am not an expert on pinballs unfortunately.
Ernest Irvan - November 11, 2012
i want to know how i can get a tin toy airplane for the wolverine merry-go-round no 31 mechanical toy
Click here to search for merry go round parts: wolverine merry go round or contact one of the suppliers of toy parts I have on my links page.
Maurice Schroeder - October 16, 2012
I have a Jingle Cups toy made by wolverine Supply
Here is also one up for auction.
Angie - September 3, 2012
I have a tin kitchen set that looks just like the sunny suzy sets but doesnt say sunny suzzy it as a big P on ith in blue. I cant seem to find any info about it. Can someone please tell me anything
Cathy - September 1, 2012
We purchased a Wolverine pirate toy chest in great condition.any idea when it was made and its value. Thanks?
Joann - August 23, 2012
I purchesed a Wolverine Delux Washer, white trimed in greenish. Good shape. I love it, can you tell me the year it was made, etc.. Tot wringer washer.
If this is the one, then its made in 1955: Wolverine Deluxe Washer.
Denise - July 14, 2012
I am trying to find a bread box that has a little girl on the front playing in a strawberry bowl. there are strawberries on the sides also. It came with a tea sey and dishes. would love to find one!
Difficult, but you can try and search from time to time for bread box strawberries or bread box girl on this website.
Dick Foster - July 8, 2012
I have, from my earliest childhood a Wolverine "AutoLift" in good working condition. I have no place to display it and would like to find a new home for it. It has all the ramps and the original car. Thanks
Karen A. - March 18, 2012
I purchased a Wolverine tin doll vanity at an antique shop(9"tall by 13 1/2 across top. Does anyone know what came with this toy, when it was made, and what it is worth? It is in excellent condition (not repainted hinged mirror in tact.
Phyllis - February 3, 2012
i have a old clothes iron that has stamped in wolverine supply
Deb S - February 3, 2012
I have a little Wolverine pink tin wash machine. It holds water,has 2 cycles wash and spin dryer w/hose on the side to drain water. Any idea on the value of this? It is in good condition.
Try and locate your machine by searching for wolverine washing machine images. Maybe you can get more info on value this way. Also regularly check eBay for prices.
Mary - January 29, 2012
I have a Wolverine glass washing machine set with all pieces as well as the box. What is this worth ?
Complete with box it can fetch (well) over 100 dollars. Depends on demand and state.
Denice - January 18, 2012
I have two pin ball games. One is a le mans grand price game and the other is a Mickey mouse game. Can you tell me anything about them?
The Le Mans is from the 1960s and is depending condition and demand worth between 20 and 50 UDS. There are some for sale on ebay (also the Mickey Mouse version) so you might follow them to see what they are sold for.
Christine - January 17, 2012
I have an old Wolverine Drug Store play set (no, not the grocery store -- I have a few of those) and I'm trying to figure out what product boxes went with it. I have a slew of boxes but it they seem kind of odd for a drug store. Any ideas?
No idea, I only found one here and here (the last one: click on the picture to enlarge and you get a glimpse of the boxes).
Kidtwist - January 10, 2012
I have several Wolverine 'drum major #27, tin wind-up toys. If anyone wants information of these please email me as my Dad worked for them breifly right after he returned from duty in the Navy in 1946. Wolverine, made the first one in 1933 w, a pat. date of 1932. and the second version in 1950.email me for more info.
Kay - November 12, 2011
Can you tell me if Worverine and T. Bros. of Parsons PA were connected in any way? Kay C.
Trina - October 1, 2011
I have a wolverine # 670 tin toy "doll house" It is more of a toy storage unit. Has several shelves inside and 2 doors. I have not found anything else like it in my research. It used to have a cardboard peaked roof atached but that is gone. Any help?!
Gaylee Mchugh - September 4, 2011
i believe i have a vintage refridgerater. it has one door and the long red handle, the freezer is the width of the inside of the refrdgerater and it has a red ice cube tray and a little red box in side. it also has a colored printed cardboard picture of vegetables on the bottom inside and inside door..it is made of metal..could you help me establish if this was made by you? i know nothing about antiques and i thought maybe i might start dabbling with the vintage toys.
Brad - August 2, 2011
i have a wolverine star quest toy pinball machine that is electric and not a table top it has legs..i have not found even one with legs can someone please help me?
Have you tried searching for (click): Wolverine pinball?
Matt - April 26, 2011
I have a Wolverine Rite Hite stove, refrigerator, and sink. They are a matching set. The fridge says no. 614 inside the freezer door. Any idea on how old these are and what they might be worth. I am having a hard time finding any information about these toys. Thanks for any help.
Jen - March 29, 2011
I have a Walt Disney pinball game. Its very old and still works, dont know the year of it. The number on it is 163. Can you tell me whats its worth?
Rhonda - March 13, 2011
I have a Wolverine Town and Country Doll House tin and plastic still in box. Plastic pieces are still in closed plastic bags and nothing has been assembled. The number on the box is 806. Can you send me a link or any information about this toy or manufacture?
Very difficult to find info on this doll house... you could try and search in google's images for doll house wolverine to locate yours... hope this helps a bit.
Linda M - February 21, 2011
My sister and I loved playing with a pink wringer washing machine by Wolverine during the 1950's. I just found one like it on ebay. Not in great shape but bid on it anyway in hopes of putting it in my laundry room. Was fun just to see it again even if I don't win the auction.
Thanks for sharing Linda, I hope you win the auction!
Linda Rockey - December 2, 2010
Any books about the Wolverine company?
There is one on Amazon about Marx, Wolverine and other toys: American Tin-Litho Toys (click)