Utexiqual produced toys from 1953 to 1982 by Littlestown Hardware and Foundry, using molds from Kenton Hardware Co., Kenton Ohio.
In 1939, Kenton Hardware Co. introduced a new line of horse-drawn toys and the company ran through 1952 with that line, until Kenton ceased production of their cast iron toys. The Littlestown Hardware and Foundry acquired and marketed Kenton toy designs under 'Utexiqual' as quality reproductions.
Littlestown produced the castings, produced, assembled, (hand-)painted, packaged and shipped the items from their Pennsylvanian facilities. In 1982 however, Utexiqual ended the contract with Littlestown, and ceased production.
Utexiqual made four different mechanical banks: the Catboat, the Birdie Putt, the Lucky Fisherman, and the Strike Bank (Bowling). These banks are also known as Richards banks from Richards Toys. There are many reproductions of Utexiqual toys and it becomes difficult to decipher the original from the reproduction.
Differences between original and reproduction:
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