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Moses Kohnstam (Moko)

(Fürth, Nuremburg, Germany)

The firm of Moko was formed by Moses Kohnstam in 1875 at the town of Fürth, near Nuremburg, Germany, specialising in packaging, warehousing, distributing, marketing and financial backing for a large number of small toy manufacturers, in return for which Moko received a percentage of the selling price of the toys manufactured. All toys were branded Moko, regardless of manufacturer.

Moko propered, and within fifteen years had offices in several major European cities. From 1880 onwards Kohnstam also organised the Manchester toy fair and in 1890 a British branch of the company was established in England by Kohnstam's son Julius, who continued to run the British operation until 1953, when his son Richard Kohnstam, grandson of Moses, took charge of the company. Richard ran the British business until 1959 when the firm was bought by Lesney (maker of the Matchbox Toys range that had been distributed until then by Moko). At that time Richard Kohnstam formed his own firm, Riko. As well as distributing products under the Riko name, it was for many years the British distributor of Märklin model railways. The firm eventually bought the Beatties chain of hobby and model shops, also certain rights relating to the Bassett-Lowke name, but ceased trading reportedly in 2000.


Moko clockwork 0-4-0 passenger set, tender loco, two coaches and brake van

Moko clockwork 0-4-0 passenger set, tender loco, two coaches and brake van

Moko clockwork 0-4-0 passenger set, tender loco, two coaches and brake van

Moko clockwork 0-4-0 passenger set, tender loco, two coaches and brake van

Moko clockwork 0-4-0 passenger set, tender loco, two coaches and brake van

Moko clockwork 0-4-0 passenger set, tender loco, two coaches and brake van

Moko clockwork 0-4-0 passenger set, tender loco, two coaches and brake van

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