"Santa Claus Cycle" Wind Up Toy with Original Box, Japan, circa 1955 For Sale
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"Santa Claus Cycle" Wind Up Toy with Original Box, Japan, circa 1955

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The celluloid Santa and tin tricycle indicate a mid-1950s manufacture for this charming Japanese wind up toy which comes with the original box in which it was shipped. Unlike most examples found of this toy, this example is near mint and operates perfectly. Wind up the attached key on the side and Santa Claus rides his tricycle very fast around in a circle with the bell ringing and suspended balloon in tow. The original box has wonderful graphics depicting a smiling Santa on his bike with colorful Christmas decorations completing the lithography. Markings at the rear of the toy (see image) indicate that the toy was made by "Suzuki" "Made in Japan" and license number "TS-753", "Patent no.42463". Corresponding patent number appears on the box. The toy is painted brightly in colors of blue, red, white, yellow, and flesh tones. Santa is celluloid; rest of the toy is tin, including the attached balloon. Dimensions: 3 5/8" long x 2 1/2" wide x 5 3/4" high (to top of balloon). Provenance: This toy is from my own personal collection of silver plated Victorian Napkin rings.

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  • Creator
    Suzuki (Manufacturer)
  • Production Time
    Available Now
  • Of the Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 5.75 in. x W 2.5 in. x D 3.63 in.H 14.61 cm x W 6.35 cm x D 9.23 cm
  • Seller Location
    Incline Village, NV
  • Reference Number
    LU973213001472
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