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Vintage French Toy "Les Acrobates", circa 1920



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".


  • Creator
    G. Doloy (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19 in. (48.26 cm)Width: 4 in. (10.16 cm)Depth: 15.5 in. (39.37 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1920
  • Condition
    All original paint and condition with original box.
  • Seller Location
    Incline Village, NV
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU973211782221

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