Vintage French Toy "Les Acrobates", circa 1920 For Sale
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Vintage French Toy "Les Acrobates", circa 1920

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Rare 100 year old French toy in it's original box depicting two acrobats attached to a wire frame with brown barrel weights, cascading down a green metal ladder. Once assembled (loop the hand-painted black support frame over the bottom rung of the green ladder); the two clowns in frame are placed in the top slots provided at the side of the ladder; let go and the clowns will flip over a few times until they reach the bottom. The toy is completely original and in excellent original hand-painted colors of orange and yellow clowns, with a hand-painted green ladder. The clowns are tin, mounted in a wire frame, with a metal ladder. The original box is lithographed with the clowns performing and markings "Les Acrobates" "Made in France" "P.F. No. 450", "IMP. G. Doloy. Paris". Dimensions: 19" high (with acrobats in place) x 4" wide (acrobat frame) x 15 1/2" deep I have never seen this toy before, and the combination of being boxed, being rare, with a unique action, makes it especially desirable among collectors of vintage toys. I found it in an estate sale in Woodside, California. Upon request I can provide a brief 30 second video of the "action".  

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  • Creator
    G. Doloy (Manufacturer)
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    All original paint and condition with original box
  • Dimensions
    H 19 in. x W 4 in. x D 15.5 in.H 48.26 cm x W 10.16 cm x D 39.37 cm
  • Seller Location
    Incline Village, NV
  • Reference Number
    LU973211782221
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