This Cackling Hen was made by the Fisher-Price Toy Company of East Aurora, New York. She is correctly marked, both front and back, identified as F-P toy #123 and dated '66 , meaning 1966. Apparently these hens were only made for three years, see below.
Our biddy is in great working condition -- When you pull her, her big yellow feet circle around and she flaps her wings, loudly hollering "cut-cut-kaDAWkit!" clucking just like a real live hen - it is amazing that such a complicated sound would come out of a wooden pull toy!
This hen is approximately 8-1/2 inches long, 10 inches high and 5 inches wide.
CONDITION is lightly used. It is very hard to find Cackling Hens in any better condition. This one is complete, with no missing parts -- even the original yellow plastic pull string is present. Inside the body is extremely clean, and the plastic housing over the cackling mechanism is 100%. There is NO RUST on any of the metal parts. She is in great working condition -- but she is showing her age and some wear from being played with. PLEASE SEE OUR PICTURES.
The worst issue is the end of her beak, which is worn. The lithographed details are all bright and strong with great color and detail, but the edges of the paper are pulling away from the wood here and there along the edges, and need to be re-glued. (Only the EDGES are coming loose; the rest of the paper is firmly attached) There are scuffs and marks from play in the colored areas and on the wooden board edges. The green wooden wheels have some dark marks on the treads from use.
BACKGROUND: Cackling Hens were made from 1966-1968. They are solid wood cut-outs, to which lithographed paper was applied, turning them into an adorable, bright-eyed "chickens" with faces, combs, feathers and feet. The tail is red plastic. The wheels are wood, with the two front ones attached to the feet, to make them "run" up and down. The feet are attached to the wings, so that when the feet run, the wings flap.
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Vintage 1966 Fisher-Price Cackling Hen Pull Toy
$30 $35 SALE