Early 20th Century Fishing Game by Toyodaya of Tokyo


This is an early 20th century (possibly late 1800s, but I'm erring on the side of caution) fishing game produced by what I believe is a now defunct toy manufacturer (Toyodaya of Tokyo). The game contains two wooden fishing poles painted black with lines made of string, two magnets, and nine papier-mâché, hand-painted fish. One end of the box has the inked numbers 8392. I believe this game was manufactured for export.

The box measures 7.5" x 3.25". The fishing poles measure 7". The fish all measure approximately 2.75."

The magnets are tied to the fishing "lines," and the fish are "caught" when the small metal piece protruding from the fish's mouth makes contact with the magnet.

Condition issues:

The box is bowed and has damage to one corner. See last photo for the damage. See first photo for bowing.

The fishing poles have areas where the paint has chipped off, as seen in the sixth photo. There is also an area on the end of one pole that is missing paint and has some damage to the wood, right on the tip. This can be seen in the seventh photo.

The fish have minimal wear, the most glaring on the tail fin of the white fish with orange splotches, seen in photo three. Also, two of the fish do not have paint on their reverse. For the most part, the fish are in good condition but are fragile, and care must be taken when handling them.

Please let me know if you would like more photos as I will be happy to oblige.

Thank you for looking.


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