Antique A. C. Gilbert Company Toys

Alfred Carlton Gilbert  founded the  A.C. Gilbert toy company  in the United States 1908 to manufacture magic trick kits. In 1911 Gilbert invented the Erector Set which were shaped like miniature railroad girders. Boys loved to build and create their own shapes and buildings and their popularity made Erector Sets a great seller for years.
AC Gilbert Company purchased model train maker American Flyer in 1938 and manufactured O Scale and HO scale (also known as Gilbert HO) trains. These trains were not only popular with children as a toy, but also with model train enthusiasts.
James Bond "M" 1960's Gilbert Figure Approx 3"
James Bond "M" 1960's Gilbert Figure Approx 3"
$5.00
Vintage Antique Gilbert Big Boy Tool Chest Box Red Metal Box EMPTY
Vintage Antique Gilbert Big Boy Tool Chest Box Red Metal Box EMPTY
$6.00
GILBERT  BOXED JAMES BOND ODD JOB ACRYLIC CASE  12 7 8 HX 4 5 8W X 4 7 8 DEEP ID
GILBERT BOXED JAMES BOND ODD JOB ACRYLIC CASE 12 7 8 HX 4 5 8W X 4 7 8 DEEP ID
$30.00
Vintage Gilbert PotteryCraft Motorized Potter's Wheel Toy~Kids Crafts
Vintage Gilbert PotteryCraft Motorized Potter's Wheel Toy~Kids Crafts
$32.00
1965 Gilbert Authentic 007 James Bond Aston Martin with Original Box and Inserts
1965 Gilbert Authentic 007 James Bond Aston Martin with Original Box and Inserts
$218.00
AC Gilbert Erector Manuals 1926 #4 Instructions 1959 M4712 Vintage Toys
AC Gilbert Erector Manuals 1926 #4 Instructions 1959 M4712 Vintage Toys
$37.99
A C Gilbert toy company had an interesting business model as they deviated from toy making in the late 1930's and started to create household appliances such as toasters, washing machines and mixers. During the war, they also manufactured parts for use in the military, primarily with airplanes.
After the war, Gilbert started to manufacture S Scale trains under the American Flyer name which were more authentic versions of their life-sized counterparts. They were also well known for making microscopes and chemistry sets for those children that were more scientifically inclined and not interested in building with Erector Sets.
Even though A.C. Gilbert Company was sold in the mid 1960's, their legacy still lives on through the brand Erector, which still pays a tribute to the company that started the building block craze.  Today, A.C Gilbert Toy Company Toys are in demand among collectors and they provide a glimpse into the past like very few other toys provide.