It base is holding together very well, but we do have some lid corner tears as you can see in our posted photos. We also note some pencil writting on the interior of the box lid.
Inside the toy has been preserved well, with the little box string that may have held the toy in place still attached. The reins for the clown to hold are there also, but are no longer attached to his hands.
Wonderful vivid color for the lithographed tin, and bright fabric colors still remain. Wind up on the base bottom is working... We are not sure that if it is working correctly with the reins not attached.
The thin, fragile little paper of instruction is written in German and English. The print is very clear and readable, but does have some age yellowing and discoloration. A wonderful piece that is a rare find!
Toy measures in at 7 & 1/2 long overall. Ask questions if you have them... The item "ANTIQUE RARE EARLY LEHMANN BALKY MULE IN BOX WITH ORIGINAL PAPER INSTRUCTIONS" is in sale since Tuesday, August 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Wind-up Toys". The seller is "farmernancyfarms" and is located in Earlham, Iowa.This item can be shipped worldwide.