Did I Find an Unknown Martin Toy or Not?

 In Tin Toys

By Cor van Schaijk

A FEW YEARS AGO, I came in possession of this very special toy and after closer investigation it turned out that it has a link to Fernand Martin. The seller could not give me any further information, he only knew that this toy was bought in France a long time ago.

It is marked on one of the legs with FM Bt. S.G.D.G. MRe DÉPOSÉE and that means: (Fernand Martin, Patent without government guarantees and brand name is registered).

  • FM = Fernand Martin
  • Bt > Breveté = patent
  • S.G.D.G. = This was a common abbreviation for “Sans Garantie Du Gouvernement“ (without government guarantees).
  • MRe > marque =brand name
  • DÉPOSÉE. = registered
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