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Hubley Popeye Cast Iron Motorcycle Toy
Hubley Manufacturing Company was founded in 1894 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The first toys Hubley produced were made of cast iron. Early models included horse drawn wagons and various toy guns.
As transportation modes changed Hubley began to manufacture toys to follow suit. This includes making numerous cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other "modern" vehicles. Many of the most expensive Hubley toys sold at auction have been motorcycles, in fact. All Hubley toys were painted by hand.
Because... the value of Hubley’s older cast iron toys can extend to well over $100,000 at auction, reproductions have been introduced into the secondary marketplace. It’s wise to have Hubley toys authenticated before paying a high price for them, or buy from a reputable dealer who will stand behind their claim of authenticity.
The Hubley Popeye motorcycle shown here sold at Morphy Auctions in September, 2008 for $18,400.00.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Hubley Elgin Street Sweeper Toy
This Hubley Elgin Street Sweeper toy, in amazing condition for its age with original rubber tires, cloth hose, driver, and Hubley decal opposite the driver’s side, sold for $5,000 at Morphy Auctions in April, 2008.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Hubley Cast Iron Doorstops
While Hubley may be best known for toys, the company also produced a vast array of hand-painted cast iron doorstops. This includes a number depicting various dog breeds, which continue to be some of the most popular with collectors.
Other motifs include flower baskets, people, ships, cottages and other animals. Some doorstops, usually those with a curved casting, were marked “HUBLEY.” Others have a number incised in the iron, which is common with flower baskets, but many can be found unmarked as... well.
John Wright bought the old Hubley doorstop molds and began his replicating these styles in the early 1940s. These newer issues of Hubley styles are marked with an embossed rectangle. A number of modern reproductions mimicking older doorstop styles have also been introduced into the secondary marketplace, and some of them are chipped and rusted purposely to look old. According to marking information provided on doorstops.com, any doorstop marked with “CN” is a reproduction.
The oversized cast iron Fox Terrier doorstop (#381) depicted here sold for $1,840 at Morphy Auctions in December, 2008. The outstanding condition of this example helped boost the value above auction estimates.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Hubley Bathing Beauties Cast Iron Doorstop
This desirable Hubley Bathing Beauties (#250) cast iron doorstop designed by Anne Fish brought in $1,300 at Morphy Auctions in April, 2008.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Hubley Woodpecker Cast Iron Doorknocker
While not as prolific as Hubley’s toys and doorstops, the cast iron doorknockers they produced are also collectible. Many of these examples feature flower baskets, but other interesting designs can also be found.
This Woodpecker doorknocker in excellent condition sold for $172.50 at Morphy Auctions in December, 2008.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Hubley Dolly Dimple Cast Iron Still Bank
Whimsical and often quite amusing, Hubley’s still banks also have a following with collectors.
This cast iron Hubley Dolly Dimple still bank in near mint condition sold for $402.50 at Morphy Auctions in December, 2008.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Hubley Cast Iron Mascot Baseball Still Bank
This rare Hublley Mascot Baseball still bank with "American and National League Ball" stamped on front dates to 1914. It sold for $1,600 at Morphy Auctions in April, 2008.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Hubley Cast Iron Monkey Mechanical Bank
Mechanical banks, including those made by Hubley, can sell in the hundreds of thousands when the right model in excellent condition comes on the market.
Because of the high value, as with Hubley's toys, reproductions have been introduced into the secondary marketplace. It’s wise to have Hubley mechanical banks (or any other you're considering for purchase) authenticated before paying a high price for them, or buy from a reputable dealer who will stand behind their claim of authenticity.
Thi...s cast iron Monkey mechanical bank dated to 1925 isn’t quite that rare, but it did bring in $2,300 at Morphy Auctions in September, 2008.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Hubley Pheasant Cast Iron Paperweight
Although not as plentiful or desirable as some of Hubley’s other products, their cast iron paperweights also make interesting collectibles. All Hubley cast iron paperweights were decorated by hand.
This Hubley Pheasant paperweight in near mint condition sold for $172.50 at Morphy Auctions in May, 2008.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Hubley Cast Iron Zebra Bookends
Hubley bookends also have a following with collectors, and some of them can be quite rare and desirable. The hand-painted detailing on these collectibles can be remarkable.
These Hubley Zebra bookends (#2419) in near mint condition sold well above the auction estimate for $2,250 at Morphy Auctions in April, 2008.