Friday, February 24, 2017

Vintage Happynak Tin Tea Sets

In the 1920s, Paton, Calvert & Co. was a manufacturer of metal toys in the United Kingdom. By the mid '30s, they were producing the Happynak line of children's tea sets featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. With the advent of World War II, the company would cease operations, but not before issuing a lithographed set which included Snow White, circa 1938.

Here's a miniature metal tray with Grumpy, Doc, and Snow White. Imprint in lower left corner reads, "Happynak Series - Made in Gt. Britain." In lower right, "By Permission Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse Ltd."

A similar tray pictures Mickey Mouse carrying a stack of dishes. Probably from a different tea set but with the same copyright markings. Measures 6.25" x 4.125".

A tea pot with early Disney characters. Same markings on bottom. Dimensions: 1.75" tall x 4" wide (spout to handle).

A cup probably from the same Mickey/Donald series. Size: 2" diameter x 1" tall.

A Mickey saucer, 2.75" square.

In the Snow White set, cups were issued with a Dopey litho on the bottom. Size: approximately 2" diameter x 1" tall. The Dopey saucers measure 2.625" diameter. (A couple of Mikey/Donald cups are also shown in the photos below.)

Cups have removable handles.

Handsome saucers.

Additional images via disneyana vintage collectibles 4u.

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