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.
Vintage Gilbert 5-In-1 Erector Constructor Set 10621 Cars & Trucks Instructions
Vintage Gilbert 5-In-1 Erector Constructor Set 10621 Cars & Trucks Instructions
$24.99
 RARE,  PREWAR 1940 AMERICAN FLYER,  GILBERT  METAL TOY TYPEWRITER WITH BOX
RARE, PREWAR 1940 AMERICAN FLYER, GILBERT METAL TOY TYPEWRITER WITH BOX
$12.00
Vintage Early 1900's Handheld Topsy Turvey Rivets Game AC Gilbert Company
Vintage Early 1900's Handheld Topsy Turvey Rivets Game AC Gilbert Company
$12.00
Vintage,  1952 Catalog AMERICAN FLYER TRAINS & GILBERT TOYS 47-pg Very Good!
Vintage, 1952 Catalog AMERICAN FLYER TRAINS & GILBERT TOYS 47-pg Very Good!
$9.99
Instruction Manual Gilbert Microscope Illuminated Student #8302 Vintage 1960s
Instruction Manual Gilbert Microscope Illuminated Student #8302 Vintage 1960s
$8.00
VINTAGE TOY 1948 GILBERT NO 6 1 2  ERECTOR SET
VINTAGE TOY 1948 GILBERT NO 6 1 2 ERECTOR SET
$143.99
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.