Georg and Johann Einfalt start making penny toys in the 1920s. They made many of them for the Universal Theater Concession Company of Chicago. That’s how most of them got to the USA—as souvenirs.
This one isn’t marked; Einfalt for whatever reason didn’t trademark their penny toys. It does show, however, the DRGM German manufacturing mark.
Roll it on a flat surface and watch its legs move back and forth.
Size: 3 inches long; 2 inches wide; ¾ inch high
Condition: There is wear to the paint on the beetle’s wings, showing gray metal underneath. Maybe it got rolled on its back for a 80 years or so. We really like the metallic colors of the paint. The underside is as good as it gets—no damage at all.
This is a desirable penny toy. When we find them, we buy them even though condition might not be perfect. After all, they are almost 100 years old! This one is priced to sell. Got one in your collection?