Royal Manufacturing Company King Size Yo-Yo

Description (Brief)
This jumbo-size wooden yo-yo was made by Royal Manufacturing Company in the 1950s. It is blue with a gold stripe, and features a red and yellow crown graphic meant to look like the Crown of England. A blue and white decal reads “Royal Tops Mfg. Co. L.I City. N.Y. King Size Yo-Yo.” Royal was a major mid-century maker begun by Filipino immigrant Joe Radovan.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Royal Tops Manufacturing Co.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 4 cm x 7.5 cm; x 1 9/16 in x 2 15/16 in
Place Made
United States: New York, Queens, Long Island City
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

3/13/2015 10:48:47 PM
Diane Fleener
I have an antique yo-yo from Royal Tops Manufacturing. Unopened package. Says No. 59-Royal Master Yo-Yo Top. Brown with Royal yo-yo top label on object. How do I find info on it. Cannot find anything on internet. Thank you.
5/31/2015 4:39:07 PM
Jane Rogers
Hi Diane -- The museum does not have any information about the Royal Manufacturing Company but you might want to try this website, This has alot of good information on yo yo history and does give a synopsis of the history of the Royal Manufacturing Company. As to your specific yo-yo, you would have to try and get a hold of the company and see if they have info for you or you could find an appraiser who specializes in popular culture items and he might be able to research it for you. The museum only has the information provided by the donor about each object and the file on the yo-yos does not have any past history provided.
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