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Mechanical toy

Mechanical toy

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1930-1935 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schuco (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted metal and fabric

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 10 []

Physical description

This is a figure of a clown playing a drum containing a clockwork mechanism in its body.
The clown is dressed in a red felt jacket and black and white checked trousers. On his head is a black felt circle with a red pom pom. Attached to his front is a painted metal drum and he holds a drum stick in each hand. On the left hip is a paper disc bearing the catalogue number 986/7 73.90. His hair is of orange wool stuck to the head and his face is painted to resemble that of a clown When wound up he beats the drum in a rhythmic fashion and vibrates. He is in a Schuco cardboard box which is not the original one.

Place of Origin

Germany (manufactured)


1930-1935 (manufactured)


Schuco (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Painted metal and fabric

Marks and inscriptions

on the right foot

on the left foot


Height: 12.7 cm

Descriptive line

Clockwork toy clown playing a drum made in Germany by Schuco between 1930 and 1935

Subjects depicted

Drums; Clowns


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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