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N. N. Hill Brass Company

This article contributed by
Richard Mueller, Jr.

N. N. Hill Brass Company
East Hampton, Connecticut
1889 1960

N.N. Hill antique toys have a history that, like many toy companies, began with its founder and namesake. Norman N. Hill began his career in the finishing department of the Barton Bell Company when he was eighteen years old. In January 1889, with a capital of $800, he started his own bell company being the first to stamp steel bells rather than casting. In 1912, the business was incorporated under the name N. N. Hill Brass Company, Inc. and became known as the largest factory in the world devoted to bells and toys. After receiving a contract to produce Walt Disney toys in the 1930s, their wooden toy manufacturing became the major production of their factory. N. N. Hill Brass Company closed their doors in the early 1960s, making N.N. Hill antique toys coveted by antique toy collectors.

N.N. Hill Metal toys are found under "Metal Toys".

The full size photos for many thumbnails are incorrect down to Snow White.
Logos

Logo

Logo
   
Circus

Jumbo Elephant Chime
c. 1940
19.25L x 9.5H x 6W
$150 - $200

Hills Circus Wagon #920
c. 1956
18L x 8H x 6.5W
$90 - $120: add $25 for each animal

Circus Animals
3.75-4"L x 3-3.75"H x 1.25"W

Circus Elephant
c. 1958
11L x 5H x 4.5W
$75 - $100

Pull Chime Assortment #159
c. 1950
11L x 5H x 4.5W
$75 - $100

Pull Chime Assortment #159
c. 1950
11L x 5H x 4.5W
$75 - $100

Seal and Clown
c. 1939
$300 - $400

Clown & Seal
c. 1939
11.2"L x 8.3"H x 3.2"W
Disney

Mickey Mouse Roll-Around
c. 1938
11.5"H x 4.5"W
$300 - $400

Mickey Mouse Chime

Mickey Mouse Chime
Estimated 1938
13"L x 7.5"H x 4"W
$600 - $800

Jumping Mickey #597M
c. 1936
15.5"L x 10"H x 5.5"W
$2400 - $3200

Jumping Mickey #587M
c. 1938
12"L
$1950 - $2600

Skating Mickey #878M
c. 1937
11.7"L x 7.7"H x 4.8"W
$1800 - $2400

Rocking Mickey
c. 1937

Skating Mickey
c. 1936
$2400 - $3200

Donald Duck #596M
c. 1936
16.5"L x 9.5"H x 5.5"W
$1800 - $2400

Mickey Mouse
9"L x 6.75"H x 3.5"W
$750 - $1000; Box $225 - $300

Mickey Mouse
c. 1934
9"L x 6.75"H x 3.5"W
$750 - $1000; Box $225 - $300

Pluto with Mickey
c. 1936
21"L x 7"H x 4"W
$2400 - $3200

Pluto and Revolving Mickey #547M
c. 1939
14"L x 7"H x 4"W
$1800 - $2400

Mickey Mouse Organ
c. 1935
$2400 - $3200

Horace Horsecollar Chime
1938
12.25"L x 5"H x 4"W $900 - $1200

Ferdinand the Bull #407
c. 1939
13L x 6.5H x 3.75W
$375 - $500

Ferdinand the Bull and Dump Cart #417
c. 1939
15L x 7H x 4.25W
$450 - $600

Pinocchio and Figaro
c. 1940
9L x 8.25H x 4W
$600 - $800

Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
c. 1940
13L x 5.5H x 4W
$600 - $800

Horace Chime
c. 1938
12.25L x 5H x 4W
$900 - $1200

Ferdinand the Bull with Flower #908
c. 1939
9L x 6H x 3.75W
$600 - $800; minus $150 with no flower

Ferdinand the Bull and Toreador #911
c. 1939
12L x 8H x 4.5W
$1200 - $1600

Large Mickey Mouse #592M
c. 1935
9L x 14.5H x 5.5W
$900 - $1200

Mickey Chime
estimated 1938
12.75L x 7.5H x 4.25W
$600 - $800

Donald Duck
c. 1938
11L x 8.25H x 3.75W
$480 - $640

Donald Duck
c. 1939
13L x 8H x 5.5W
$600 - $800 w/ wheel graphics

Donald Duck Cart
c. 1938
$550 - $700

Mickey Mouse Pull Chime #405
c. 1939
12.5L x 6.5H x 3.5W
$600 - $800

Snow White #825
c. 1938
14L x 8.5H x 5.25W
$1200 - $1600

Dopey and Doc #406
c. 1938
14L x 5.25H x 4W
$780 - $1000

Seven Dwarfs
11"L x 3.25"H x 3.25"W

Snow White
c. 1938
$960 - $1280

Snow White
c. 1938
$1200 - $1600

Acrobatic Clown

 


Tanglefoot and Large Mickey
c. 1935
$2400 - $3200

Photo courtesy of Hake's
 
 
1937 Sears Advertisement

 


1937 Advertisement
Elmer Elephant
$900 - $1200

 

 

1938 Catalog

1938 Catalog

1938 Catalog
Chime, Donald Duck and Revolving Donald
$1500 - $2000

1939 Catalog

RETAILERS PAPERWORK FEATURING THE "NEW MICKEY MOUSE LINE"
Courtesy of Hake's American
www.hakes.com


1939 Catalog
Elmer Elephant Pull Chime
$750 - $1000
     
Dogs and Cats

Cat in Boat
c. 1942
5.25"L x 5.75"H x 2"W
$60 - $80

Playful Cats
c. 1946
14"L x 9"H x 5"W
$300 - $400

Ding Dong Bell
1950
13.5"L x 9"H x 5.5"W
$300 - $400

Cat in the Well
c. 1952
13.5"L x 9"H x 5.5"W
$270 - $360

Cat Chime
1953
12.5"L x 7"H x 4.5"W
$120 - $160

Cat Chime
1953
12.5"L x 7"H x "W
$150 - $200

Playful Kitty
c. 1956
10"L x 4.5"H x 5"W
$45 - $60

Playful Kitty
c. 1956
7.5"L x 4.5"H x 3"W
$45 - $60

Dog Pull Chime #882
c. 1938
12.25L x 4.75H x 4W
$120 - $160

Dog Chime
c. 1938
12L x 5.5H x 3.75W
$120 - $160

Whiskers #902
c. 1939
9L x 8.25H x 3.75W
$240 - $320

Dog Cart
c. 1943
12L x 6H x 3W
$90 - $120

Dog Chime, War Toy
Estimated 1943
11.5"L x 5.5"H x 4.5"W
$45 - $60

Dog with Wagon
c. 1947
16.25L x 12.5H x 7.5W
$105 - $140

Dog Chime
c. 1947
11.5L x 5.5H x 4.5W
$45 - $60

Dog Chime
c. 1948
11.5L x 5.5H x 4.5W
$45 - $60

Dog Bell Toy #566
c. 1948
13.5L x 6H x 4W
$30 - $40

Dog Action Chime #625
c. 1950
12L x 4.5H x 4.5W
$30 - $40

Dancing Dogs
c. 1950
13.5L x 10H x 5.5W
$300 - $400

Dog Bell Toy
c. 1951
10.5L x 3.75H x 4.5W
$30 - $40

Dancing Dogs
c. 1952
13.5L x 10.5H x 5.5W
$300 - $400

Dog Bell Toy
c. 1952
13.5L x 6H x 4W
$30 - $40

Puppy
c. 1958
7.5L x 4.5H x 3W
$30 - $40

Dog Bell Toy
c. 1958
10.5L x 3.75H x 5W
$30 - $40

Dog Action Chime
c. 1958
11.5L x 4.5H x 4W
$30 - $40

Doggie
c. 1958
11.5L x 5.5H x 3W
$90 - $120

Dog with Wagon
c. 1959
17L x 13H x 7.25W
$90 - $120

Running Dog Action Pull Toy #917
estimated 1959
8.75L x 13.25H x 6.5W
$90 - $120

Bullet Puzzle
7.75"L x 5.75"H x 7"W

1938 Catalog
$90 - $200
   
Ducks and Chickens

Duck Pulling Duckling
18.75"L x 8.75"H x 5"W

Duck Pulling Green Cart
11.5"L x 6.5"H x 4"W

Duck Cart
c. 1949
11L x 6.5H x 3.75W
$135 - $180

Duck with Cart
c. 1948
11.25L x 7.75H x 4.25W
$135 - $180

Duck Pull Chime
c. 1942
21L x 11H x 14W
$240 - $300

Duck Chime
c. 1940
12L x 8.5H x 4.5W
$90 - $120

Delivery Duck Pull Chime #850
c. 1939
11.25L x 7.75H x 4.25W
$90 - $120

Delivery Duck Pull Chime
c. 1938
10.75L x 7.75H x 4.25W
$90 - $120

Easter Duck
c. 1935
12L x 6.25H x 4.75W
$135 - $180

Duck Cart
c. 1948
10L x 9H x 4W
$90 - $120

Duck Pulling Baby
c. 1943
19.5L x 8.5H x 5W
$120 - $160

1939 Advertisement
Horses

Horse Chime
12.75"L x 6.5"H x 4.5"W

Riding Horse
Riding toy with spring bounce in the back of the horse

Horse Chime
11"L x 4"H x 4"W

Mule
12"L x 10"H x 4.25"W

Pony Chime
14.5"L x 6.75"H x 4.5"W

Horse Chime
13"L x 5"H x 5.5"W
Plastic Horse, Red Wheels

Circus Horse
13.5"L x 6.5"H x 4.5"W

Horse Chime
18"L x 7"H x 5.75"W

Double Horse Cart
13.25"L x 6"H x 4.75"W

Horse Riding Toy
c. 1955
32"L x 6.5"H x 5"W
$60 - $80

Horse Pull Chime
c. 1943
18.5L x 8H x 4.75W
$30 - $40

Horse Chime
c. 1950
12.75L x 5.75H x 4.25W
$30 - $40

Horse Chime
c. 1948
13.5L x 6H x 4.25W
$30 - $40

Merry Go Round #915
c. 1954
17L x 11.25H x 8.75W
$130 - $180

Merry Go Round #915
c. 1953
17L x 11.25H x 8.75W
$135 - $180

Roy Rogers Wagon
c. 1956
17.5L x 11H x 6W
$360 - $480; minus $200 with no top

Trigger
c. 1940
12.5L x 6H x 4.5W
$45 - $60

Circus Chime #500
c. 1929
7L x 7H x 6.5W
$120 - $160

Pacer Chime #640
c. 1960
13L x 4.75H x 7W
$30 - $40

Horse Chime
c. 1920
$60 - $80

Horse with Rider
c. 1940
19L x 8.25H x 5W
$120 - $160

Horse with Bear Rider
c. 1943
20.5L x 8H x 5W
$120 - $160

Horse with Duck Rider
c. 1943
19L x 8.25H x 5.5W
$120 - $160

Horse Pull Toy
c. 1950
12L x 8.75H x 4W
$30 - $40

Horse Pull Chime Asst. #625
c. 1960
12.5L x 5H x 4.5W
$30 - $40

Horse Chime
c. 1960
12L x 5.25H x 4.25W
$30 - $40

Horse Chime
c. 1959
12L x 5H x 4.5W
$30 - $40

Horse Chime
c. 1958
13L x 4.75H x 4.5W
$30 - $40

Roy Rogers
c. 1956
9.25L x 8.25H x 4.25W
$300 - $400

Horse Pull Chime #852
c. 1939
12.5L x 6H x 4.5W
$30 - $40

Mule Chime
c. 1946
17.5L x 4.5H x 5W
$90 - $120

Mule Chime
estimated 1947
18L x 9.5H x 5.25W
$90 - $120

Horse Chime
estimated 1948
13.5L x 6.5H x 4.25W
$30 - $40

Round Rider Wagon
c. 1954
21L x 11.7H x 7W
$180 - $240

Round Rider Pull Toy #540
c. 1953
8.5L x 8H x 4.5W
$120 - $160

Horse with Wagon
estimated 1947
13L x 6H x 5.25W
$60 - $80

Roy Rogers
c. 1956
9.25L x 8.25H x 4.25W
$300 - $400

Horse with Wagon
c. 1943
18.25L x 8.5H x 6.5W
$45 - $60

Mule Pull Toy
estimated 1948
13.5L x 5.5H x 4.5W
$90 - $120

Horse with Wagon
c. 1930
$75 - $100

1945 War Ad
     
Misc Animals

Bear Chime
11"L x 8"H x 6.5"W

Bear See-Saw #577
8.5"L x 6.5"H x .75"W

Monkey Riding Tricycle
c. 1955
8.75"L x 5.75"H x 4"W

Monkey
13.1"L x 10"H x 5.25"W

Monki-Wheeler #900
c. 1939
9L x 7.5H x 4W
$75 - $100

Bear Ringing Bells
c. 1942
11.25L x 10.5H x 5W
$150 - $200

Teddy Bear
c. 1952
9.75L x 9.25H x 5.5W
$135 - $180

Bear Cart
c. 1947
14L x 8H x 5W
$60 - $80

Bear Cart
c. 1947
11.5L x 8H x 5W
$105 - $140

Bear
c. 1947
11.5L x 8H x 4.5W
$45 - $60

Bear
c. 1943
11.5L x 8H x 3.5W
$30 - $40

Teddy Bear Pull
c. 1942
$150 - $200

Teddy Bang Bell
c. 1950
11.5L x 10.5H x 5.25W
$210 - $280

Teddy Bear See Saw #904
c. 1939
9L x 9.25H x 4W
$120 - $160

Organ Grinder and Monkey #950
c. 1939
14L x 9.5H x 5W
$450 - $600

Dancing Monkeys
c. 1939
11.5L x 8H x 6W
$300 - $400

Fred Muggs #915
c. 1956
10.5L x 9H x 4.5W
$180 - $240
     
Miscellaneous

Double Puzzle-The Three Bears
11"L x .75"H x 7.5"W

Double Puzzle-Mary Had a Little Lamb
11"L x .75"H x 7.5"W

Print Blocks
1941
2.2"L x 1.2"H x 1"W
$30 - $40

4 Wheel Bell
c. 1920
$120 - $160

Ferris Wheel
c. 1956
11.5L x 10H x 4.5W
$105 - $145

Pinky Lee
c. 1956
6.5L x 11H x 6.5W
$150 - $200

Horse Stick Chime
1930
23.5"L x 5.6"W
$140 - $210

Pull Chime
Planes, Trains & Autos

Hill Tractor with Trailer
c. 1955
19.3"L x 7"H x 5.2"W
$150 - $200

Hill Tractor
c. 1960
11.5L x 9H x 5W
$90 -$120

N. N. Hill Railroad
c. 1952
11L x 7.5H x 3.5W
$90 - $120

Oil Truck #763
c. 1960
8L x 4.25H x 5.5W
$60 - $80; Box + $30

Fire Truck
1958
7.6"L x 4.6"H x 2.6"W
$45 - $60
     
Rabbits

Rabbit Cart
10"L x 8"H x 4.5"W

Rabbit Cart
c. 1938
11L x 9.5H x 5.5W
$90 - $120

Rabbit Cart
c. 1943
14L x 12.75H x 6.75W
$90 - $120

Rabbit Cart
c. 1940
11L x 8H x 5W
$120 - $160

Rabbit Cart
c. 1942
18L x 12H x 5.75W
$90 - $120

Rabbit Cart
c. 1941
17L x 12H x 7W
$90 - $120

Bunny Cart #932
c. 1941
9.5L x 6.5H x 4.5W
$120 - $160

Rabbit Pushing Cart
c. 1940
12.5L x 8.5H x 4W
$120 - $160

Easter Rabbit
c. 1935
$165 - $220

Rabbit Cart
c. 1939
9L x 8.25H x 5W
$120 - $16

Rabbit Cart
c. 1939
11L x 11H x 4.75W
$120 - $160

Rabbit Chime
c. 1950
11.5L x 7.5H x 4W
$105 - $140

Rabbit Cart
c. 1948
12.5L x 7.5H x 5W
$150 - $200

Rabbit Chime
c. 1948
11.5L x 7.5H x 4W
$105 - $140

Rabbit Cart
c. 1947
13.5L x 9.25H x 4.75W
$75 - $100
 
Sets

Davy Crockett
c. 1956
9L x 8H x 4.5W
$210 - $280

Dog - Pull Toy Assortment
c. 1960
7.5L x 4.75H x 3W
$20 - $30

Bus-Pull Toy Assortment #157
c. 1960
7.5L x 4.75H x 2.75W
$20 - $30

Cat-Pull Toy Assortment #157
c. 1960
7.5"L x 4.75"H x 3"W
$20 - $30 each