One of the many (tin) toy companies from Japan whose products have endured over time is Marusan Co. Ltd. We know them by the mark of SAN in a circle.
The Japanese word “Maru” means 'circle', thus the mark of SAN in a circle. But the word “San” also means three, which refers to the 3 founders of this company in 1947. Circles along with diamonds were popular logo marks for Japanese companies at that time as evidenced by the many marks we see within a circle or diamond.
Initially, their business was a wholesale sales business, but they eventually began to design and market their own toys. Some of the items on the 1951 sales list for Marusan included the following:
Friction - Small Mercury car
Windups- Tricycle with celluloid doll, rabbit, motorcycle, penguin, helicopter, tank, windmill, fire engine, drum boy, jet airplane, bird clock and an elephant with monkey and umbrella. A very popular toy was the windup Lucky sewing machine with a celluloid girl behind the machine.
What's your Marusan worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.
|Tin Toy Usaf Aircraft Carrier Wind Up Boat Air Force||09/2021||£429.00|
|1950 S Tin Friction Unusual Empty Double Decker||09/2021||£216.58|
|Marusan 1957 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 148 Kenya||09/2021||£329.91|
|Marusan Japan Car Sedan Tin Toy Car||09/2021||£25.99|
|Nice Original Tin Toy Cadillac By Marusan Kosuge Japan||09/2021||£396.90|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||10/2021||£-.--|