This rare wind up toy features a doll representing the internationally known revolutionary hero Pancho Villa, riding a donkey or horse. The donkey winds up and sort of hops on the back legs, I suppose to look like the animal is rearing. The wind up mechanism is not stuck but it doesn't work well anymore, requiring a prompt to get it moving. I am reluctant to fully wind it up to test its limits. The donkey is covered in beige furry fabric with a dark brown fur mane and leather halter straps. Pancho Villa is clothed in a similar furry fabric trimmed with a red and gold fringed trim. His feet and hands are wood. HIs head is probably papier mache over wood to model the distinctive hat and mustache.
Pancho Villa was an important activist in the Mexican Revolution from 1913-1920. He was assassinated in 1923. I assume that this toy dates from that era.
Condition: wind up mechanism is slow to function. Donkey's fur is patchy.
This toy is a cross over collectible as a toy, as a doll, and as an historic figure.