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1930-1950's Miniature German Bisque Doll

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Item #: toy08
$45



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Early Vintage Hand-Painted Slide Puzzle Toy

This toy was part of a large collection of early vintage toys recently acquired. This piece is possibly German and dated early 20th Century because 1 )many of the items in the collection were German and early vintage 2 )the style of clothing seems German and early 3) the food item is a pig head and Germans eat a lot of pork and 4) The patina of the walnut wood of the frame, which is very expertly crafted in a dovetail construction, also gives a clue of it's age. The wood in the frame measures 17 1/2 cm. wide X 10 cm. high X .9 cm. deep. Following is a description of this item, which is difficult to capture well in the photographs. The frame holds two pieces of painted glass. One is set into the frame and is stationary, the other is held in place behind the first piece with 3 headless nails and slides back and forth by pulling the exposed end in the frame notch. The stationary or front piece of glass is painted with opaque black paint on the front and back surfaces to block the light, except where the figure is painted which lets the light through. The lower portion of the figure carrying a platter is painted on the back surface with translucent colorful paints and is left clear unpainted glass where the heads appear. The second piece of glass is cleverly painted with 3 head combinations/positions of the human and pig head. When the sliding glass is positioned all the way in, the pig head appears on the platter and the human head on the body. When pulled out to the 2nd position, a human head appears both on the platter and on the body. Pulled out to the furthest position (there is an angled piece of the frame which stops the matching angled glass), the pig head appears on the body and the human head on the platter. It may sound gruesome but adults and children alike would probably find this quite humorous! My guess is that this is a one-of-a-kind piece of folk art and that you will never see another one like this.Other key words: painted glass, folk art.
 
Item #: toy02
$95




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1950's Vintage Santa Puzzle Toy

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Item #: toy02
$45





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