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I have been collecting antique toys for more than forty-five years.  I started hunting for old toys at yard sales and antique shops with my grandmother in Pennsylvania during the seventies.  There weren’t any department stores close so this is where I found my “new” toys each summer.  Before I knew it I was looking for specific types of toys and older was always better.  All of those early toy acquisitions are long gone but the collecting continues on.  I bought my first Keystone ship when I was ten, which I still own today.  Curious, I did some research at the library to learn more about the cool little rocket ship that I found.  My research came up empty and so did every conversation I had with any dealers or collectors that I talked to.  So an obsession was born.  It would be another ten years before I found my next Keystone ship, this time a B-8 Battleship.  From then on I would find another Keystone toy every year or two.  My Keystone collection grew slowly but I was busy collecting toy soldiers at the time.

In the late 90’s I started to seriously hunt down anything Keystone.  I decided to focus on just Keystone wooden toys because I was still finding little information about anything other than Keystone metal ride on toys.  In fact I ran into several collectors and dealers of the ride on toys that did not even know Keystone produced wooden toys.  My collection grew quickly, due primarily to the internet, over the next several years but I was still plagued by a lack of information.  So I started to track every online auction, ask the sellers questions and buy every catalog and piece of ephemera that I could find.  This lead to compiling lists and spreadsheets of information.  A picture of Keystone started to emerge but there were and still are many gaps.

So here I am with this site to share the Keystone toys and information that I have collected over the years, to ask for information that others may have collected and hopefully find other Keystone toy collectors. I hope you will enjoy what I have put together.

Happy hunting,

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  1. is there a market for a floor standing tru-scale home bowling alley. It was my mothers so late 30’s early 40’s east coast mass, and not worth shipping costs so would have to be local. I don’t see any on Ebay.

    searching for the 10th candlepin, only have 9 and two balls at this time.

    1. Hello Steve,
      They do have value but you are correct that shipping is prohibitive. I don’t know what the true value is because of lack of auction sales. When they do come up the asking price is usually about $100.

    2. Was wondering about more information on the free standing bowling alleys (1940’s?). I have one that is in very good condition. Have all pins and four steel balls. It says “Keystone Senior Bowling Alley” at the base.
      I am ready to part ways with it, and understand that shipping could be an issue. Are there any collectors in Northern California that might be interested?
      Also any input on sell price would be helpfull.
      Thank You,
      Kathy Wolfe
      Placerville, CA.

      1. Hello Kathy,
        I don’t know of any collectors in your area of the country. As for value without pictures it is had to say as there were several different sets and sizes. That being said $75 to $100 is a generic range if it is not being shipped.

  2. Derrick– Thank you for the Keystone history and all the photos of your amazing collection. I am working on an article about the Keystone dollhouses I own for Doll News (magazine for the United Federation of Doll Collectors). I am not finding a lot of information on the furniture made specifically for the doll houses. I see that your model lists that some of the dollhouses came furnished (1229F, 1234F, 1258). Do you have access to the 1941-42 catalog? Or do you know where I could locate one? I would like to see pics and determine if sets of furniture were sold separately Thank you.

    1. Hello Mary Ellen,
      I do have that catalog and will be happy to share for your article. The descriptions mention being fully furnished but the pictures do not show any furniture. I have never seen any of the furniture that came with the doll houses. I do have some of the doll furniture produced by Keystone but it is a separate line and far to large for the houses.

  3. Hi, Derrick! This site is very informative, but I’m having trouble identifying a Keystone solid hull boat. I’m hoping to pin down a.p model number, age of the boat, and with any luck, a photo of a complete example to guide restoration. My boat has sadly been stripped of all but its wooden hull, and unweighted steel keel. The unweighted hull is 15 and 3/4” long, bow to stern, with no deck lines or identifying marks.

    It is unpainted and had 3 deck staples (one at the bow, one in front of the mast, and one at the stern – see photo), and loks like a sheet horse, and wheel and rudder when new. but I’m wondering:

    1) what years did they produce these unpainted hulls?
    2) what should the measurements be for the mast and booms, and what are the dimensions of the sails? Are there appropriate patters available?
    3) would this model have had a cockpit?
    4). What shape was the rudder?

    I presume it was Bermuda a rigged, but I can’t find a keystone boat that is the same size and layout to compare. I’d like to find a photo of a complete example of this boat so I have an accurate reference before I look into restoration.

    I’ve been told its age could range anywhere from the mid 1930s or 1940s, up to the 1960s, but I’m told Keystone stopped making boats after 1958.
    I can send photos if needed, thanks!

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