Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tap-A-Way Metal Art

Box Lid. Measures 12.5" x 17.5".

The Snow White "Tap-A-Way Metal Art" set was produced by the Naylor Corporation, circa 1938. It consisted of a collection of eight thick laminated cardboard plaques, each with a foil metal sheet applied to the top which displayed one of the character images. Also included was a spring tapping tool. This was used to give the plaques "Effects Similar To Hammered Copper."

This particular set was unused and sold in auction by Hake's for $172.50 (USD)...

Images and info via Hake's.

Collector Rick Payne recently found another example of the set where all the plaques have been tapped. We get to see what the finished product is supposed to looks like; it does kind of have the appearance of hammered copper.

The Dwarfs measure 3.5" x 5.5" and Snow White 5.5" x 6.5". Each has the "© W.D. ENT." notation.

Additional images and info courtesy of Rick Payne at dadric's attic.


  1. Neat toy, of course an unused example would be amazing. Notice that the kid couldn't resist giving Snow White's face a few "taps"!

    1. Poor Snow's face. And "Allen" also inscribed his name on Bashful's plaque.

      Probably not too many unused sets out there so it would be an amazing find to come across one in person. The one that sold thru Hake's for $172.50 was certainly a good deal.

  2. What a great vintage item! Ha, I also noticed those taps on Snow White's face! I wonder how long and how many taps it took to complete one of these plaques. The package says "Designs In Many Colors", but they sure did use a lot of red and blue on these.

    1. You're right Tokyo...not exactly what I'd call "many" colors. More like just two colors plus black and white.