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Josef Wagner / Germany

Josef Wagner operates in a village near Nuremberg, the original clockwork toy-making centre of Europe. It's a real family business: two generations, both living on the premises. From outside it looks like the smithy, and perhaps was. Inside, improbable machines clank and whirr. One cannot believe that anything complies with current regulations concerning Health and Safety, but the staff seem happy enough, with all their limbs in place, as does the cat. "All is how it was," says Herr Wagner, and we believe him.

 

These tinplate (or tin p collectors clockwork toys do not comply with current Toy Safety requirements, and we have always had to observe many procedures to ensure that they were sold to and for adult toy collectors only.

 The following pages shows a collection of some of the best sellers from our range of ' tinplate (or tin plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate) plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate) plate) tinplate (or tin plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate) plate) plate) (or tinplate (or tin plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate) plate) plate) Clockwork Toys for Collectors'

 

 

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clockwork ladybird

 

clockwork tractor

 

clockwork elephant

 

clockwork duck

 

TURNING CLOCKWORK LADYBIRD

Moves in a circle, and cleverly will not fall off the table. The keyhole is subtly disguised as one of the spots. Clockwork, 10cm.

 

TRACTOR AND TRAILER

Long-run motor with three forward gears, reverse, brake and steering-wheel operated steering. Heavy-duty, robust and well finished. The remarkable, in fact perhaps unique, feature is the gearing. The tractor can reverse, of course, and not only does it travel at different speeds in each of the three forward gears, but its load-pulling ability also really changes. This must be by far the most ingenious piece of precision engineering in any tinplate (or tin plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate) plate)-plate toy in current production. Clockwork, 33cm overall.  

 

CLOCKWORK CATCHING ELEPHANT

The long-running motor spins the propeller on the elephant's head and turns the augur which carries the balls upward. At the top they roll down the chute, drop through the elephant's basket, and run down the slope back into circulation. It is particularly colourful and interes tinplate (or tin plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate) plate)gly-printed, a decorative ornament even for non-collectors. Clockwork, 9" tall.  

 
DUCK ON TRICYCLE

 

 

This is a re-make of an old German original and is of the same high quality as the rest of the range. Although use of plastic for its legs is regrettable, the mechanism is exceptionally efficient allowing several revolutions. Clockwork, 20cm. 

 
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clockwork carousel clockwork dancing doll clockwork ice doll clockwork bus track

GLOBE CAROUSEL

The Globe Carousel is a good example of one of the few high-quality tinplate (or tin plate)plate (or tinplate (or tin plate) plate) toys being made in Germany. The powerful pull-and-release mechanism gives a long, quiet run making the boats fly out horizontally as in the real thing. Sturdy with excellent print detail and finish, they are an attractive ornament even when not in motion. 18cm tall.  

 

DANCING DOLL

The Dancing Doll is some 6" tall, made in Russia, well finished and finely printed. Propelled by an unusual and long-running motor, she glides gracefully on hidden wheels, doing pirouettes in both directions and moving her head gently from side to side as she goes, all very pretty. Clockwork.

 

DANCING DOLL

The Dancing Doll is some 6" tall, made in Russia, well finished and finely printed. Propelled by an unusual and long-running motor, she glides gracefully on hidden wheels, doing pirouettes in both directions and moving her head gently from side to side as she goes, all very pretty. Clockwork.

 

MINI BUS TRACK

The raised tray has two revolving circles on each of which travel three miniature buses which spin round passing in and out of the tunnels. Delightfully old-fashioned with evocative and detailed prin pping of the mechanism. Clockwork, 23x10cm.

 
       

Josef Wagner operates in a village near Nuremberg, the original clockwork toy-making centre of Europe. It's a real family business: two generations, both living on the premises. From outside it looks like the smithy, and perhaps was. Inside, improbable machines clank and whirr. One cannot believe that anything complies with current regulations concerning Health and Safety, but the staff seem happy enough, with all their limbs in place, as does the cat. "All is how it was," says Herr Wagner, and we believe him.

 

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