For today's show and tell, I'd like to share some tin and aluminum toy tea sets that have passed through my hands. I think they are so charming, don't you? Before plastic came along, children played with metal or ceramic tea sets. Lithography added bright color to the metal, and popular illustrators such as Fern Bisel Peat designed some of the toy tea sets that are especially sought after now by collectors.
The partial set of mine below has graphics by Fern Bisel Peat in her characteristic style. This set was made in the 1930's:
This Mickey Mouse set by the J. Chein Company is a good example of a "crossover" collectible. It would appeal to collectors of tin tea sets as well as Disney memorabilia: