From before WWII, here is the Creeping Cat from Chein. Most likely, this toy was designed by Eugene Bosch in the early 1930s. It came with wooden wheels for power, and a wooden wheel for the cat to play with. Post war Creeping Cats had metal wheels and a wooden ball in front.
Wind up the cat, and watch it go. We certainly wouldn’t call it “creeping”. It’s one of the fastest toys we’ve seen, at least for 4 or 5 feet. We didn’t wind it up all the way, since this toy is over 80 years old, and didn’t want to take the risk of damaging the windup.
Size: 5 inches long; 2 ½ inches high; about 2 ½ inches wide at the windup.
Condition: On the first look you may think that one side is a faded red. It isn’t. We’ve seen this toy with a red ribbon and a pink ribbon. This toy got one half with red and the other half with pink. Check out the cat’s nose and claws. Never be it said that Chein was concerned about quality control, when it came to inexpensive toys. Kids wouldn’t have cared. And Chein was profit motivated.
There is wear on the wheels from running the toy as can be seen in the pictures.
The lithography is in great shape, with just a few scratches here and there. Also notice how sharp the edges are. This toy couldn’t be made for today’s children’s market.
But this toy isn’t for a child (age-wise anyway) is it?
Chein No. 118 Mechanical Creeping Cat Tin Windup