This rare and all original walking Santa Claus toy was manufactured in about 1890 and is probably of French manufacture, due to the lead feet and composition head, which was typical of French toy makers during that period.
It operates by winding up the attached clockwork key in his back and upon release, Santa walks along ringing his bell. It works fine.
The felt clothing and toy bag are completely original and in excellent condition. The bell attached to his right hand is original, albeit, it is lacking a small piece on each side, as you can see in the close-up image. The face is completely intact and in almost 99% all original paint with no touch-up. The age is indicated by the crazing of the paint and composition, which is emblematic of a 100 plus year old toy.
Dimensions: 9" high x 5" wide x 3 1/2" deep.
|Dealer||Clive Devenish Antiques|
|Measurements||9" high x 5" wide x 3 1/2" deep|
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|Contact||Clive Devenish, 510.414.4545 or firstname.lastname@example.org|