MICKEY MOUSE RARE DOUBLE SLATE DANCERS GERMAN CRANK TOY.
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Auction #212 - Part II
Item numbers 989 through 2633 in auction 212
2.75x7.25" tin litho platform base has two 6" tall die-cut tin litho jointed figures of Mickey Mouse. Both are same design, w/Mickey's smiling face pointed upwards. Arms are jointed at elbows while legs are jointed at the hips and knees. When wheel crank on side is cranked, attached metal rod w/tin litho tabs lift and drop the Mickey figures, which are mounted to vertical metal rods on their backs. This lift and drop motion makes it appear as if the pair are dancing. As litho tabs on back are in different configurations, Mickey figures move differently, in a complimentary manner. Unmarked but made in Germany by Wilhelm Krauss. c. early 1930s. Only two examples of this toy are known to still exist, and the other has different stage bkg. and base coloring. Stage bkg. has some scattered color rubs and left Mickey figure has tiny sliver of paint off nose. Mickey's red pants have faded slightly w/age, left figure has 3/8" spot of more moderate age fading. Fine overall. One of the most desirable of all 1930s Mickey Mouse items. Extremely rare, this is the only example we've been able to offer in our 47 years. From the Maurice Sendak Collection and comes with COA.
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