Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Money BartenderQ: I have a windup toy monkey bartender that was in my uncle's bar when I was a kid. It stands 7 1/2 inches high. Any idea of its value?

A: The monkey bartender was made by Nomura, one of the largest toy manufacturers in Japan after World War II. The company made tin toys in the 1950s and '60s and die-cast toys in the 1970s. It is known for its robots and space toys, which include Robby the Robot, made in 1957. The company, originally called Toys Nomura, was later known as Nomura Toy. A diamond-shape logo with the initials T.N inside can be found on many of the original boxes for Nomura's tin toys. Your monkey bartender is not in very good shape. The monkey originally had plush fur, which seems to have completely worn off of yours. A monkey bartender in good condition with the original box is worth about $60.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello..I was glad to hear of the origin of my Monkey Bartender that I just bought at a garage sale for twenty five cents.It doesnt have original box but does have all its fur and painting on its face.Also still has its ears and hat. I was wondering how much it was worth in this condition? Contact me at kare4u35@yahoo.com thank you