Fernand Martin Le Gai Violiniste

One of Fernand Martin's most popular toys Le Gai Violoniste (The Merry Violinist) dates from 1897. This example is the early version with the makers mark stamped on top of the hat. A tinplate clockwork figure in very good condition with painted features and top hat, wearing cotton check trousers and tattered black jacket, when wound the violinist plays the violin whilst moving from side.

Art of the Tin Toy, David Pressland

Les Histoire Des Jouets Martin, Frederic Marchand 

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