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Crescent Toy Co

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of 6 and 8 Fountayne Road, South Tottenham, London, N15. Telephone: Stamford Hill 6711-2. Cables: "Crestoys, Southtot, London"

One of the most highly regarded makers of British die cast model toys was the North London based Crescent Toy Company.

The firm manufactured high quality model soldiers, Grand Prix racing cars, historical figures, model aircraft, warships and an unusually excellent range of farm equipment pieces.

1920s The company was founded in Islington, North London, by Henry George Eagles and Arthur A. Schneider in the early 1920s.

WWII. During World War II the manufacture of lead toys was suspended to aid the war effort, but business resumed after the War and the company entered what many consider to be its heyday.

Some work contracted out to Die Cast Machine Tools

1947 British Industries Fair Advert as Manufacturers of Die Cast Metal Toys and Models. 'Fine range of models': Farm Animals; Cowboys and Indians; Railway Figures; Soldiers; Garage Fittings; Arabian and Eastern Models. Attractive Boxed Sets - Water Pistols, Golf Clubs, Garden Tools. Road and Garage Sets. Accessories for Games. Castings to Specification. (Toys and Games Section - Olympia, 3rd Floor, Stand No. K2412) [1]

1949 Mention of Arthur Eagles, Windyridge, Harlow Common, Potter Street, Essex, as a director of the company.[2]

1949 Opened factory at Cwmcarn.

Later pieces included coach and horse sets produced to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee in 1977, but the directors decided to finally call it a day in the early 1980s.

1983 Company wound up.[3]

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