Lehmann EPL 824 "INDU" is a classic tinplate optical illusion toy from the 1930's .
The mechanism which is similar to that of a camera shutter, produces an optical illusion, with an east Indian man appearing to chop the head off a Fakir. The Fakir’s head is on a long sheet steel neck which is inserted in a slot on the front of the toy. The lever on the side of the toy is depressed and hey presto the sword appears to cut effortlessly through the Fakir’s steel neck. But how does the sword pass through solid steel? This toy was expensive to produce and no more were made after world war two.
Marks: INDU NR 824 ENGLISH PATENT JAPAN PATENT APPLIED FOR D.R. PATENT
PATD USA 20 JUNE 33 MADE IN GERMANY
Production date: around 1933
Dimensions: Diameter 5.2 cm
Condition: Some light age wear but generally very good, complete with removable Fakir's head. In working order.
Reference: Lehmann Toys. The History of E. P. Lehmann 1881-1981 Jurgen & Marianne Cieslik