A few years ago, I scored a Wolverine tin doll house at a local flea market / swap meet in Oklahoma City. I finally got around to taking pictures of it along with all the cool little furniture that came with it.
Tin Doll House Value
I did some checking and this particular Wolverine tin doll house is kind of hard to find. The attached garaged is what makes it so unique. Also, the fact that it come with most of the furniture. I paid $30.00 for it and have the original box. It’s a little tattered and torn, but I have it.
Some of these vintage 1960s lithographed tin doll houses sell for nearly $400.00 on eBay. I have no idea how much this one is worth. Bridgy enjoys playing with it once in awhile, so I have no immediate plans to sell it.
I always wanted one of these as a kid, but they were kind of hard to come by. I only remember one friend having one. Wolverine went out of business in 1970, so my friends and I barely missed them. I think of them as a toy that is uniquely Generation Jones.
About Wolverine Toy Company
The Wolverine Toy Company produced children’s toys for about 70 years. They were originally located on the north side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the 1970s, it moved to Booneville, Arkansas. Here is more about it from Dr. Lori Verderame of Auction Kings:
The Wolverine Supply and Manufacturing Company made lithographed tin wind-up and stationary toys in various shapes, styles, and sizes. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the center of the metal work industry in the early 1900s, the Wolverine company was in operation from 1903 to 1970. Benjamin Bain founded the company and first designed functional household objects like cooking utensils and simple tools.
Wolverine lithographed tin toys are easy to spot from their prominent Wolverine marking and their colorful, clear, and bright lithography on each toy. The toys look realistic and trace the visual history of both appliances and cars…
…Girl toys came later with realistic looking lithographed toy stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, and doll houses. In 1962, the company changed its name to “Wolverine Toy Company” and by 1968, the company was purchased by Spang Industries.Wolverine toys in good condition bring good values in the always active vintage toy market.