Recently I ran across a tinplate Japanese floor toy train for sale in its original box. The set is from about 1960, and -- as you can see in the photo -- it came with a set of my mystery signs.
|If that box art looks familiar, it should. Ichimura "borrowed" it from Lionel's|
1958 catalog (see below) -- which helps date this set as well.
There's no question these are the same signs - the markings bear the same patent numbers as mine. This time, there is a brand on the set -- the stylized Indian head of Ichimura & Co. Ltd..