It was the first Marx toy which used multiple jointed leg segments to achieve realistic movement and was the precursor of cycling toys for years to come. Only two or three used sets have come up for sale ever. This is the only known boxed set in the entire world. C8 condition for the age. Original box is in fantastic shape for being close to a hundred years old.
Has been professionally touched up in some spots. The toy is heavy gauge pressed steel litho, not tinplate. Except for the large front tricycle wheel it's not embossed.This is seen only in some of the earliest Marx litho toys. The clockwork motor is not housed inside or adjacent to the figure, but is contained under the housing between the rear wheels. The distance between the motor and animated figure is greater than any other Marx toy I've seen. There is no steering and no reverse. It moves in one direction only; forward.
The craftsmanship is one of the highest I've seen for any Marx toy. Arms and legs are in perfect proportion to the body and are accurately physiologically connected. Right and left halves line up exactly. Fold over tabs were correctly colored to blend with the surrounding surfaces. The timing of the front wheel to make one complete revolution is in perfect sync with the position of the legs.The smiling, yet slightly menacing looking face appears die cut with a perfectly outlined nose, mouth, and chin. The details on each side line up nearly perfectly.
The figure has a wide-striped red and blue torso alternately decorated with white stars and crescent moons. The legs are animated at the hips, knees and ankles. The archaic tricycle uses a three gear clockwork spring wound motor contained within a rectangular blue housing to power the rear wheels. The solid disc large front wheel is embossed with six spokes on each side and has a raised tire rim with remnants of its original brass plating.
Lithoed on both sides of the disc, slightly off center, are several clowns with balls, plus a dog jumping through a hoop. The earliest Marx logo can also be seen. The frame and handlebars are made from an unusually heavy gauge steel ribbon. The simple wind-up mechanism has no brake lever.
Just manually hold the rear wheels from turning while winding the motor. Set the toy down, release the wheels, and it races across the floor for a few feet. Size: 8½" long x 9" tall x 3 wide.
This is without doubt a once in a lifetime opprotunity. Thanks for viewing, and please take a look at my other rare marx listings. The item "1922 Marx Cirko the Clown Cyclist Lithographed Windup Tin Toy withoriginal box" is in sale since Thursday, March 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Wind-up Toys". The seller is "raremarxplaysets" and is located in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
This item can be shipped to United States.