Toy manufacturers

For information on specific toy manufacturers, please choose from the list below. We are continually updating and adding to this information.

Abbatt Toys catalogue

Paul and Marjorie Abbatt Ltd. (Abbatt Toys)

Paul and Marjorie Abbatt were pioneers of innovative and well-designed toys in Britain.They believed that play was not a trivial pastime, but was instead vital to a child's social, emotional and intellectual health and development.

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Lines Bros. trademark detail

Lines Bros. Ltd.

Lines Bros. Ltd. was founded in 1919 by three brothers, William, Arthur and Walter Lines. Trading principally under the name Tri-ang Toys, the company grew to be one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world.

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Mettoy Playthings logo (detail)

The Mettoy Company plc

Mettoy started trading in 1934 in Northampton, England. The company was started by Philipp Ullmann and Arthur Katz. Perhaps best known for the 'Corgi' range of toy cars, Mettoy  produced a variety of toys before its collapse in 1983.

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Palitoy logo (detail)


Cascelloid Limited, later to become Palitoy, was founded by Alfred Pallet in 1919 to manufacture celluloid and plastic goods. It was sold to General Mills in 1968, and remained in their control until they stopped European product development in 1984.  

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