Look carefully on the toy for a manufacturer for me. I think he was made in Japan from around the late 40's early 50s. Is he on a box or have a box in front of him? Do you want to keep him or sell him as that tells me which value market to research. He is in good working order mechanically? I will be on tomorrow also and will watch for your reply. My best, Randi
No, we had not finished the question, I got off for the night but noted that I would also be on today. I would not leave you hanging without an answer, that is how I get paid. After we are done, I would appreciate your upgrading the poor service to a more satisfactory rating. Please know, I will stay with this question until you get the information you need.
I will give you both retail (insurance replacement) and resale market values as they are different values. The retail value is what an antique shop or gallery that normally sells old/antique toys would ask. The resale market value is what you as a private individual can sell it for, as is without return privileges, and with no store guarantees. If you would like me to explain this further for you, I would be glad to. The market you can enter into is usually the classifieds, auction, online auctions and set price sites such as Amazon, Craig's list, or a sale to a dealer.
Is this him?
The first mechanical money of this type was made by Japanese company Daishin C.K in 1950 and continued to be made by the company through the 70s. It was called the "Musical Jolly Chimp".
Mid 1960s through the early 1970s a Japanese built Charley Chimp, was sold by street peddlers on the streets of lower Manhattan in NYC. Other brand names include Wind-up Monkey Playing Cymbals from Russ, Pepi Tumbling Monkey with Cymbal from Yano Man Toys, Clockwork Musical Monkey with Clashing Cymbals, Musical Monkey, Magic Monkey, and Jolly Chimp. There is also one called Charlie Chimp from Lincoln, which is different from Charley Chimp.
Does yours look like either of these?
This one was made by Marx Carl, Germany
click on it and see if it works, I may have to take the photo onto my desktop and made it smaller for you. Can you open it?
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Sorry, that didn't work. Can you see the last pic of the German monkey? I see you are in chat.
Yes, it may take a day or two for them to get them to me. Send them toXXX@XXXXXX.XXX.
He isn't anything like the last one? The one from Germany?
Here is another fairly early one:
What clothes if any does yours have on? That might help me narrow him down.
The first one, the 1950s Musical Jolly Chimp is the most valuable to collectors, but one originating from Germany is really desirable to collectors.
Ok, I'll see if I can find him.
He definitely sounds older.
Maybe it would be best to email photos of both.
the little guy with the red hat was made by Marx Karl (spelled both ways), yours may just have a different cat color. Karl is the only German manufacturer that I can find in the 1950s-1960s era.
If you can email them toXXX@XXXXXX.XXX and have them forwarded to me (Randi CAssoc), I will get them.
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sorry about the above 'cat'! I meant hat color, lol.
Ok, but as I said, it goes to them and then they have to forward it to me. It depends on how many photos are coming in by email on how long it takes them to get the photos forwarded to me. It may take a day or so, so I do not want you to get anxious if you do not hear right back from me.
Ok, great, and I understand about computer savvy! I know just enough to be dangerous! LOL.
Ok, I will watch for them and will give you both retail and resale market values.
Condition is always a critical component of value, but working condition is very critical to value. I will watch for the photos and get back to you as soon as I get them. My best and have a good day. Randi
by the way, I do not know how to email photos from a phone, so you are doing better than me!
I am going to leave you now, but will chat again as soon as I get the photos. Bye for now, Randi
Found the answer on this website: http://www.tanktoy.it/Web/Fabbrica.htm
If yours does not have the Linemar tag on the foot, it may be an earlier version produced by Marx. The value would be about the same but a little lower as the one you showed me has its original box (not good condition but there). I would say approx $150-$175 for insurance and between $75-$90 resale.
Your toy monkey would be in approximately the same range...$125-$150 retail and 450-$75 resale (taking into consideration some of the loose seams).
Louis Marx was the biggest manufacturer of toys in the world in the 1950s. He was born late 19th century to Jewish German parents in NY. He was a millionaire by age 26!
His is an interesting story.
Good sleuthing on the lion! My best, Randi