The Humpty Dumpty Circus 1920 by Schoenhut (SOLD)

 

These handmade items come in the form of an elephant, Bear, Horse and Donkey. These toys come with 2 handmade circus style barrels assuming these were considered to be circus toys. Rarely are these items kept together or in such good overall condition for their age.

All of the items are individually joined together with vintage white cloth lined elasticated rope. The limbs of the animal can all freely be moved around so that the toy can move freely.

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Description

The Humpty Dumpty Circus Set of 4 wooden toys & 2 Barrels

Made in 1920 by the Schoenhut company

For sale is a wonderful decorative and charming set of 4 early 1920 to 1930s original Amercian folk art handmade wooden toys. These handmade items come in the form of an elephant, Bear, Horse and Donkey. These toys come with 2 handmade circus style barrels.  Rarely are these items kept together or in such good overall condition for their age or with 2 barrels.

All of the items are individually joined together with elasticated rope (now slightly loose and flimsy). The limbs of the animal can all freely be moved around so that the toy can move freely. View photos of the items limbs.

History

This wooden toy circus set was made ca.1920 by the Schoenhut Toy Company in America. The Humpty Dumpty Circus, as it was known, was first produced in 1903 after the patent for the clown figure was granted. It became extremely popular very quickly and soon grew to around 37 animals, 29 figures and over 40 different accessories. Unfortunately, the Humpty Dumpty Circus did not last long as Schoenhut’s Toy Company went out of business in 1935 due to the global economic depression.

Condition:

The overall condition of these items is good, considering their age and previous use.  The items are structurally secure and not broken, the paint on the toys are a bit scuffed and faded due to age. The limb attached by elastic and I believe them to be original due to the colour however I cannot confirm this fully. Some of the toys have chips in them and the decorative sections such as horses main and tails are weathered and worn as you would expect from an item that’s been used well. Each toy moves as it would when first created which shows the quality of the craftsmanship and overall quality of an item dated 1920 to 1930s.

These original folk art toy items are becoming highly collectable and rarer as a result, we have been lucky enough to source these wonderful characteristic original item whilst searching for cool and decorative items in Europe this year (These items originate from America).

This item is sold as seen, so please get in touch if you have any questions regarding condition before you make a purchase. And especially view all close up photos supplied as part of this advert.

Size:

Horse – H 7” x D 9” x W 2.2”

Donkey – H 7” x D 9” x W 2.2”

Bear – H 5” x D 8” x W 2.2”

Elephant – H 7” x D 9” x W 3.2”

Barrel x 2 – H 2.7” x 2”

These items can be shipped globally and costs are attached as a result dependant upon your global location.

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