J. Chein & Co. toys

Chein toys, founded in 1903 by a one-armed, one-time Vaudeville performer named Julius Chein in a loft in New York City in 1903. He began with a metal-stamping operation and produced small tin prizes for the Cracker Jack boxes and other toys for five and dime stores.

chein toys logo

The company's reputation is however built on the collectible tinplate toys and banks, for example the Ferris Wheels and Rollercoaster toys.

Tin Roller coaster toys

chein rollercoasterChein had a friend with the American Can Company who convinced him to lithograph designs on tinplate instead of painting them. American Can did the litho work for Chein until 1907, when a new plant was opened in Harrison, New Jersey. The toy company produced toy coin banks, horse-drawn carts and noisemakers. These were sold mainly through the Woolworth chain stores.

Tin Merry Go Round

chein ferris wheel toy

Some of the most collectible Chein toys are: The Ferris wheel, which Chein produced since the 1930s, Roller Coasters (since 1949), the Playland Merry-Go-Round (1950). The Space Ride and the larger Rocket Ride came along in the early 1950s.

Julius Chein

Julius had quite a violent temper. Some say the loss of his arm when he was a kid while experimenting with fireworks, has attributed to his temperament.

When something went wrong at the production line he often flew into a rage and sometimes got so angry that he took off his watch, threw it on the floor, and started jumping on it.

He died in 1926 when he fell from his horse.

Updated: 21 November 2019

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Chein value and price guide

What's your Chein worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
rare c1950 s 172 j chein hercules tin toy ferris wheel Rare C1950 S 172 J Chein Hercules Tin Toy Ferris Wheel 10/2021 $75.00
tin litho toy childs dishes wolverine iron skillet Tin Litho Toy Childs Dishes Wolverine Iron Skillet 10/2021 $17.99
1940 s j chein doughboy soldier tin lithographed 1940 S J Chein Doughboy Soldier Tin Lithographed 10/2021 $62.00
j chein tin yellow taxi cab car ny 1923 lithographed J Chein Tin Yellow Taxi Cab Car Ny 1923 Lithographed 10/2021 $63.00
rppc black hawk avenue prarie du chein wisconsin c 1945 Rppc Black Hawk Avenue Prarie Du Chein Wisconsin C 1945 10/2021 $12.50
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Comments (11)
Rebecca - April 13, 2021
i was shopping at a thrift store and caa across a Chein bunny rabbit .i dont know what its called i sure its a toy . the bottom half of it is round ,like a ball. and the upper half is the rabbit. ive looked and have not seen anything at all that looks like it, PLZHELP
Dennis - August 30, 2020
I need 3 wheels: 1 tin wheel for a mohawk yellow taxi 15/8 dia. 3/16 thick 2. rubber & tin for a Structo wrecker 3" dia 5/8 thick 3. rubber & tin for a distler speedster 19/16 dia 3/8 thk should have hubcap will take any condition thanks
Damon - March 28, 2020
Hi, I inquired a little tin litho race car and trying to figure out which set it belongs too. The top litho reminds me a lot of the J Chein roller coaster cars in appearance with the people. This race car is nonfriction and has these interesting little wings on each side which I am assuming is used to catapult the car? Any help to identify and solve the mystery would be much appreciated. Thank you
Difficult to find... maybe here: Chein Race Car.
Spike - May 23, 2017
I am looking for a horse including the pole from a J. Chein Playland-Merry-Go-Round. One of mine ran away. Please send photo (if you can) and price.
Becky - November 29, 2016
Hi,I am looking for the red and green chein roller coaster cars. I do not need the Roller Coaster. My cars were accidently thrown away. If anyone has them I would be interested in purchasing.Thank you
I think there are a few cars for sale right now, check out this page: Chein Roller Coaster
John - October 29, 2013
Hi, Did Chein make a Bunny pulling a Rabbit Roost Cart that had four holes in the cart to hold the sheet metal together instead of four stamped fasteners?
Bev - July 2, 2013
I am interested in the Chein bonzo on scooter toy, or even just the Bonzo figure. Do you have one?
No, I don't have one Bev, sorry! Search frequently on this website and maybe someday one will popup.
Dora - June 3, 2013
I have still in the box a Tiny train Top No 206 very good shape could u send me info on this
I also cannot find any info. What you can do is try to locate a similar train with help from Google images. Search with for example : chein train.
Phyllis - October 7, 2012
I have wind up rocket ride, J chein stamp on it. I have seen similar ones, but none that have the wind up key like on them. They have a lever that pulls over to wind it. 4 rockets, plastic props that are mostly torn up. but in fair condition. still works info on it please.
Scott - April 19, 2012
I recently bought a windup 'handstand clown.' The key turns but the toy does not function as made. I have seen some with orange hands but this one has yellow hands. The graphics are still good better than the ones listed on this site. Could you provide me with a value? I paid $25 for it.
Jeff - August 8, 2011
I have a Busy Mike sand monkey toy I was wanting information on. What year it was made and what it might be worth. THANK YOU