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R. Bliss Manufacturing Co.
Identification Guide

By Richard Mueller,  Jr.

R. Bliss Manufacturing Company
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
1832-1935


Even through Rufus Bliss founded R. Bliss Manufacturing Company in 1832, it is not exactly known when they started producing toys. The earliest mention of toys can be found in the New England Business Director of 1871.

R. Bliss Manufacturing Company was originally founded to produce wooden screws and clamps for piano and cabinet making. Rufus Bliss is known for inventing a machine for cutting wood screws rapidly and more accurately than had been done in the past. These toys cross the borders of collecting with their folk-art designs. They are known for their high quality, beautiful colors and artwork. R. Bliss Manufacturing Company sold their toy making division to Manson & Parker of Winchendon, Massachusetts in 1914. Toys carrying the Bliss name were produced until 1935 with only a few toys marketed during these years.

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Admiral Dewey - L
Admiral Dewey - L

$700
20"L x 15"H
Admiral Dewey - R
Admiral Dewey - R

$700
20"L x 10"H
Around the World Trunk
Around the World Trunk

1900
7"L x 3.2"H x 4"W
$120 - $160
Admiral
Admiral
Britannia The Yacht
Britannia the Yacht

1896
23"L
Conquerer
Conqueror

1896
20"L x 17"
Conquerer
Conqueror

1896
20"L x 17"L
90% restored

Columbia
Columbia

Restored
Columbia
Columbia

27"L x 20"H x 2.75"W
Cruiser Columbia
Cruiser Columbia

1896
27"L
Cruiser Columbia
Cruiser Columbia

1896
27"L x 20"

HMS Blake
HMS Blake
Iowa Battleship #484
Iowa Battleship #484

1911
30"L
Iowa Battleship
Iowa Battleship

1911
30"L
Japanese House Boat
Japanese House Boat
Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo

31"L x 5"H x 4.5"W
Monitor
Monitor

26"L x 7.75"H x 7.25"W
New York
New York

1900
34.5"L x 22"H x 3.5"W
$1200 - $1800
New York Battleship
New York Battleship

1896
36"L x 22"H
New York Battleship
New York Battleship
1896
36"
New York Steamship
New York Steamship
1896
42"L; Masts 22"H

Twin-Animal Ark
Twin-Animal Ark
1896
Click photo for more info
The World's Noah's Ark #170
The World's Noah's Ark #170
1896
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
30.5"L x 11.5"H x 6"W
Philadelphia Battleship
Philadelphia Battleship

1882
30"L
$1000 - $1200
Pirate Torpedo Boat
Pirate Torpedo Boat

1896
27"L x 22"H
Bliss-Pirate-Ship
Pirate Ship

1896
27"L x 22"H

Priscilla Steamboat
Priscilla Steamship

1896
38"L
Bliss-Rover-Ship
Rover Ship

1896
20"L x 21"H
Rover Torpedo Boat
Rover Torpedo Boat

1896
20"L x 21"H
Bliss-Rover-Ship
Rover Ship

1896
20"L x 21"H
Sachem Schooner
Sachem Schooner

1896
45"L x 29"H
Schooner Sprite #84
Schooner Sprite #84

1889
15"L x 18"
Seagull #402
Seagull #402
Sea Lark
Sea Lark

1905
17.5"L x 8.5"H x 4.25"W
$900 - $1200
Sea Lark
Sea Lark

1896
17.75"L
Terror
Terror

1911
22"L x 22"H
Terror
Terror

1911
22"L x 22"H
Terror Coast Defense Monitor
Terror Coast Defense Monitor

1911
22"L x 20"H

Terror Torpedo Boat
Terror Torpedo Boat

1896
30"L x 24"H
U.S. Cruiser
U.S. Cruiser

c. 1882
31"L
Click photo for more info
Uncle Sam Gun Boat
Uncle Sam Gun Boat

1880
32"L x 24"H
$4000 - $5000
Uncle Sam's New Navy
Uncle Sam's New Navy

1896
8"L Click photo for more info
Train Block Set
Train Block Set

6.5"H x 3"W
Train Block Set 2
Train Block Set 2

6.5"H x 3"W
Train Block Set 3
Train Block Set 3
Train Block Set 4
Train Block Set 4
Train Block Set 5
Train Block Set 5
Train Block Set 6
Train Block Set 6
Train Block Set 7
Train Block Set 7
Train Block Set 8
Train Block Set 8
Boys Union Tool Chest No. 725B
Boys Union Tool Chest No. 725B
Train Block Set 9
Train Block Set 9
Blocks from Wagon #122
Blocks from Wagon #122

Other Side
Blocks from Wagon #122
Blocks from Wagon #122

Alphabet Side
Wagon City #122 w/Blocks
Wagon City #122 w/Blocks
"Pansy" Horse Carriage

"Pansy" Horse Carriage

Western Express
Western Express

With Blocks
Wagon w/Blocks
Wagon w/Blocks

Estimated 1910
17.6"L x 6.8"H x 12.1"W
$120 - $160
American & European Menagerie
American & European Menagerie

With Tiger & Zebra
American & European Menagerie
American & European Menagerie

With Camel & Pig

American and European Menagerie
American & European Menagerie

c. 1890
11"L x 7.1"H x 6"W
$300 - $400 each
Elephant
Elephant

Estimated 1925 - 1935
Horse & Chariot
Horse & Chariot

24.5"L x 15.25"H x 9.25"W
$1200 - $1600
American "Twin Animal" Ark
American "Twin Animal" Ark

1896
13"L x 6"H x 4"W
$1050 - $1400
"The Wonder" Noah's Ark
"The Wonder" Noah's Ark

Set includes 9 Animals
"The Wonder" Noah's Ark
"The Wonder" Noah's Ark

Set includes 19 Animals
11.5"L x 6.5"H x 3.75"W
"The Worlds" Noah's Ark
"The Worlds" Noah's Ark

1896
Set Includes 4 Animals, 5 People
The "World" Noah's Ark
The "World" Noah's Ark

4.25"L x 5.75"H x 4.1"W
Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark

Four Noah's Ark Versions Shown
Noah's Ark Animals
Noah's Ark Animals

24 Animals Shown
Noah's Ark Animals
Noah's Ark Animals

Giraffe measures: 7" x 4.2"
Engine with 2 Cars
Engine with 2 Cars

1890
18"L x 3.5"H x 2"W
$750 - $1000
N.Y. Central Railroad #61
N.Y. Central Railroad #61

c. 1889
Click photo for info
Lincoln Park Train
Lincoln Park Train

1896
18"L
Bliss-Saratoga-Train
Saratoga Train

36.5"L x 7.25"H x 3.5"W
Santa Christmas Sleigh
Santa Christmas Sleigh

c. 1891
18L x 8H x 4W
$1200 - $1600
"Rough & Ready No. 2" Firetruck
"Rough & Ready No. 2" Fire truck

Reproduction
Hose Wheel Rough and Reddy #2
Hose Wheel Rough and Ready #2

c. 1890
18L x 8.5H x 6.25W
$1500 - $2000
The Bloomer Car #147
The Bloomer Car #147

c. 1896
28.5L x 9H x 6.5W
$2400 - $3200
Jackson Park Via Grand Blvd
Jackson Park via Grand Blvd

26"L x 8.25"H x 6"W

Kearsarge
ca 1905-10

Bliss - Texas - R ca1910 - 25.1L x 19.4H x 3.4W

Bliss - Texas - L
 ca1910 - 25.1L x 19.4H x 3.4W
 

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