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Time to Wind Down

Time to Wind Down

Here's a look at even more little toys I picked up at the Allentown Antique Toy Show. They're old wind-up toys.

This first guy is just a goofy-looking sheriff with rifle-in-hand and an arrow through his head. I love the expression on his face. It's the "Crap! Did that just go through my head?" look. He has no markings other than "Made in Japan," so who knows where he comes from? He's cute (even with his badly painted ammo belt and rifle that looks like a tommy gun).

Also, I think he's a boozing sheriff. Just look at that red nose :o

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Antique Sheriff Wind-up toy

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Antique Sheriff Wind-up toy

The next two are marked "©1967 Frankonia" (I haven't found any reliable info about this company, but I have gathered that they produced various tin and wind-up toys). The keys and walking mechanisms still work for these two, but they are a bit slow. I'm guessing they're from a series of Nursery Rhyme wind-up toys.

I picked them up, because they're just really funny looking. I love the genuine expressions of sadness and concern on their faces. They're not your typical children's toys emotional states, that's for sure.

This guy looks like he could be Little Boy Blue.

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Little Boy Blue Wind-up ©1967 Frankonia

Look at the truly sad expression on his face! Poor kid! They must've just woken him up (If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the original nursery rhyme for clues).

Little boy blue, come blow your horn
The sheep's in the meadow, the cow's in the corn
Where is that boy who looks after the sheep?
Under the haystack fast asleep
Will you wake him? Oh no, not I
For if I do he will surely cry

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Little Boy Blue Wind-up ©1967 Frankonia

The other is Humpty Dumpty (Wow! The second Humpty Dumpty toy on the blog!). I'm sure you all know his story. Looks like this is the "pre-fall" Humpty. He may even be on his way to a formal. Top Hat? Cane? Cumberbund? C'mon!

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Humpty Dumpty Wind-up ©1967 Frankonia

He's worried he can't make it over that wall.

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Humpty Dumpty Wind-up ©1967 Frankonia

If anyone has any info on Frankonia or any of these wind ups, feel free to share. Thanks!


7 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Man, these are really great! I love the personalities on these guys, especially ol’ Humpty Dumpty.

    so jealous….

    keep sharing!

  2. Karen says:

    could anyone tell me the value of the Humpty Dumpty wind up please?
    Thank you.

  3. Justin says:

    I’m not quite sure. I bought the three of these wind-ups for $20 (I think) if that’s of any consolation.

  4. EmilyR says:

    These are so cool! I love the humpty dumpty one, how classic. If you’re interested I would check out our site http://www.VirtualBargains.com, we’ve got vintage tin toys and classic tin toy replicas for sale. They may not be as historic as these charms, but they sure are cute and cheap. :)

  5. Justin says:

    Thanks Emily. It’s good to have a resource for cool tin toys and stuff. I’ll be sure to check out your site.

  6. ELSE3573 says:

    There’s a whole bunch of these Frankonia windups on E Bay right now. Yes, that is Little Boy Blue, and Humpty Dumpty, they also have the Cat with the Fiddle and Peter Piper if I remember correctly.

  7. Mark Mansell says:

    I have the Humpty Dumpty wined up and a cat in the filter wined up,both work and look good,both from 1967….would like to sell call 812-352-7105 ask for mark

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