This colorful old mechanical wind-up clown goes by the name Smiling Sam the Carnival Man. He has a tin lithod head with a wonderful "clown" face and little tuffs of "hair" glued to the top and sides. His clothes are fabric and his hands are celluloid. His right hand rests on the little tin hat which is actually attached to his chest. When wound by the attached key his body gets taller and shorter as he twirls the cane in his left hand. His head which is attached by a piece of spring steel bobbles about during this action causing the bell on his bow tie collar to ring. His tin shoes are marked; Made in Japan and he was made by the Alps toy company.
He measures as tall as 9 ¾” and as short as 8 ½” depending on where he stops in his action is in nice working condition with minor wear. The litho on his face is good with bright colors and minimal wear. His clothes are in nice condition with minor soiling, fading and a few tiny holes. One pant leg is lighter than the other but it was apparently made with two different pieces of fabric. The bottom of his feet show a little paint wear.
Sam comes with a partial box. The box has nice colorful graphics depicting the toy and it has the Alps Logo. It measures about 8 5/8” high by 3 3/8” by 2 7/8” and what is left of it is in fairly nice condition with some creases, wrinkles and tears. However, both the top and the bottom are completely missing and some of the tears have been reinforced on the inside. An insert has been made with the box acting as a sleeve over it. It is presently shrink wrapped to protect it from further wear.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Vintage Wind Up Smiling Sam the Carnival Man Clown Toy with Partial Box