P.O. Box 6720 Incline Village, NV 89450 , United States Call Seller 510.414.4545


"Boy Riding An Alligator" Vintage Wind-Up Toy by J. Chein Co., N.J., Circa 1935

$ 565
  • Description
    Manufactured circa 1935 by The J. Chein Company in Harrison, New Jersey, this vintage tin toy, when wound up, depicts a young boy in islander garb, trying to ride an alligator who dashes across the floor opening and closing his mouth.
    Unlike most examples of this toy, my "Boy Riding An Alligator" is in near mint condition and the best example of this toy that I have ever had, thus it is from my own collection. It is in completely all original condition, with bright crisp colors of, yellow, red, and green, to the surface, and complete coverage to the lithography. The boy is complete, and there are no missing parts or any paint loss, and the toy works great (see video attached to the listing). It looks like it has hardly been played with.

    To operate: wind up the attached clockwork key; place the toy on the floor. The alligator races across the surface, as the boy riding him bounces up and down, while holding the original string reins controlling the alligator's mouth opening and closing.

    Dimensions: 15" long x 3 1/4" wide x 3 1/2" high

    Provenance: From my own personal Clive Devenish Collection since 1985 when acquired from a prominent American tin toy collection

    See my other listings of vintage toys.

    Note: After 40 plus years of dealing and collecting toys, I am justly qualified to guarantee and present the authenticity of antique and vintage toys and children's playthings; important considering the fakes and reproductions in the marketplace. My toys operate properly and are as stated and accurately described.

    it would behoove an enterprising collector, dealer, or decorator to take advantage of the opportunity to buy as many of the vintage tin toys that I have listed for sale; it would create an immediate quality collection, as most of these toys came, either from a long time premium California collection or from my own shelves. It would take quite some time and effort to accumulate toys this clean, authentic, original, operable and in excellent condition.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: United States
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Tin,Metalwork
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Folk Art, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 705878
  • Dimensions
    W. 3.25 in; H. 3.5 in; D. 15 in;
    W. 8.26 cm; H. 8.89 cm; D. 38.1 cm;
Message from Seller:

We are specialists in the field of antique mechanical coin banks. These rare and unique items were sold during the late 1800's and early 1900's to encourage and educate young children on the importance of saving money, with the majority of them having been made in America. We are leading experts in this field and one of the foremost dealers, having traded in mechanical banks since 1976.

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