BY R. T. CLAUS
Most toy collectors are aware that Albert Schoenhut started his wooden toy business in Philadelphia in 1872; and, that by the turn of the 20th century, his company was one of the largest toy makers in the world.
We also know that, although Schoenhut’s most famous toys were his pianos, dolls, and the Humpty Dumpty Circus, the company throughout a great portion of its history produced vast quantities of toy boats. These boats came in many forms, sizes and types. They included sail boats, canoes, row boats, and launches.
The problem for us today is that, being made of wood and not trade-marked, they are nearly impossible to identify.