This charming miniature tinplate clockwork railway in circular form was produced by Karl Bub in Germany. ‘Bub’ was founded by Karl Bub in Nuremberg, Germany in 1851. The toy company was most well-known for its clockwork tin toys, in particular trains.
This tiny engine with tender and two carriages commemorates the 100th anniversary of ‘The Adler’ which was the first locomotive successfully used commercially for the rail transport of passengers and goods in Germany. The steam engine was built by Robert Stephenson and Co in Newcastle, England in 1835. The train operated the service between Nuremberg and Furth. This tiny train set was retailed as the smallest railway in the world at just 7 cm in diameter. This is a rare and desirable item with few known examples. The toy is complete with its original box and what we believe to be its original key.
This is the perfect item for anyone who loves trains or who collects rare and early clockwork toys.
Measuring: Box width 3 3/8 inch (8.5 cm) by depth 3 3/8 inch (8.5 cm). Box height 1 7/8 inch (5 cm). Toy diameter 2 7/8 inch (7 cm).
Condition: The toy has been well looked after being stored in its original box which has aided its good, fresh condition. It is in full working order with just two surface scratches to the circular railway track section. There is a purple printed 'Foreign' import stamp to the front of the base. The original paper manufacturer's label is missing to the lid, most likely removed for sensitivity reasons during World War 2. The old box lid has some damage and there are some tape repairs to the edges.
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