This rare early 1900s clown figurine was made in Germany. It's hand-painted with a composition head, arms and legs on a wood base. The body is crepe paper over a cardboard tube.
When you lift him up, you hear a kind of musical tinkly rattle inside. This was considered a musical novelty back in the Victorian era. Because of the fragile components, few, if any, of these toys survived.
This one came out of an old toy warehouse which we bought out when we first started in business in 1969. This was leftover stock and over the decades in storage, arms and heads had become separated from the bodies. This one has had his arms reglued and so they don't quite match in paint and the crepe paper on the body is more faded than that on the arms.
The head/face shows some age soil which may clean up. The expressive face features are well done and the paint is intact. There's a slight indent on the back of the body.
The clown measures 7 inches high by 2 inches across the base. For those who appreciate these Victorian novelty toys, condition like this is forgivable because of the rarity of the toy. This clown still has all the charm and beauty of the Victorian era. And he still tinkles too.
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