The total height of the toy from the bottom of the base to the top of the figures' heads is 10 (25.4 cm). The base of the fine quality dovetailed wooden box that the figures dance on measures 6 3/8" W (16.20 cm) x 3 5/8" D (9.21 cm) The decal of the woman is Nr mint, one of the finest ever seen.
The Original key is included however slips and should be re-grooved. When working the clockwork is wound, the activating lever is pushed down and the figures dance around in very rapid motion tapping their feet on the top of the wooden box in a pleasing rhythm. The dancer's outfits are 65 year old replacements. The bodies of the male & female figures are constructed of wood & composition and in excellent condition.The thumb on the left hand of the woman is chipped w/ a small repair to her wrist. Black lighted and does not show any signs of paint touch-up. A classic early black Americana toy, made by the famous Ives Toy Co of Connecticut.
This amazing piece of history would certainly make a great addition to any fine collection of early American toys or Black Americana related items. The item "Rare 1870's Ives Double Dancers with Clockwork Motor Orig Key Black Americana Toy" is in sale since Sunday, June 6, 2021. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Wind-up Toys". The seller is "earthstarr" and is located in Jupiter, Florida.
This item can be shipped worldwide.