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


Vintage Tin Wind-up Toy "Clown in A Barrel" by J Chein & Co. American Circa 1935

$ 765
  • Description
    Made by J. Chein & Company Circa 1935 in New York City; originally inventoried as #258 (same number as similar looking Popeye toy dated 1932) and was named "Mechanical Clown Barrel Walker". The name of the maker "Chein" is stamped as a logo to the rear of the barrel (see image). This is one of the earlier toys that Chein made.

    The lithography and hand paint are in gorgeous original condition with bright colors of red and gold to the barrel, flesh tones to the clown, who sports a multi colorful smiling face.

    The toy works great; simply wind the attached key wind in the back 1/2 revolution; place on the hard surface----the clown waddles across the floor, back and forth, while shaking his head to and fro (see accompanying video with this listing to see it work)

    In addition to being quite a scarce toy it is even more difficult to find in this fine condition. Often times the head is lacking or replaced from rough usage and surface rarely maintains this beautiful finish. This particular example is completely original with no restorations, repairs, or touch up paint of any kind. There is a small 5/8" superficial indentation to the front top of barrel (see image). This would make a proud addition to any collection of vintage toys or Americana.

    Dimensions: 7 1/2" high x 3 1/4" wide x 4" deep

    See my other listings of vintage toys.

    Provenance: From a recently acquired West Coast collection of fine quality tin 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)
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Tin,Metalwork
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Styles / Movements: Folk Art, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 704769
  • Dimensions
    W. 3.25 in; H. 7.25 in; D. 4 in;
    W. 8.26 cm; H. 18.42 cm; D. 10.16 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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