1931 Marx, Merry Makers in Original Box

1931 Marx, Merry Makers in Original Box

Magnificent example of "The Merry Makers" mouse band by Marx. Complete, working and in amazing excellent++ to near mint condition. Even more incredible it comes complete with its highly prized original box. The toy is probably THE most popular early 1930's lithographed tinplate, mechanical toy produced by the Marx company.

One look at this clockwork toy immediately conveys four hep mice "dressed to the nine's". Each wears a black tuxedo, black tie, white shirt, red vest, and spats, The lithography design on the piano and chairs matches the same slick style worn by the mice. Wind the attached key, move the lever to start, and the animated foursome; dancer, pianist, conductor, and drummer come to life.

Besides the well known allusion to a certain Disney mouse, the Merry Makers were actually based on one of the most popular 1930's orchestras. The illustrated box provides the clue to their identity. It shows the tiered band on-stage with the leader high stepping with right-hand forefinger pointing straight-up. The resemblance to Cab Calloway is unmistakable.

Four versions of this toy were produced with differences between the conductor mouse and the addition of a large half circle marquee on the back of the piano. This version with the baton leader and without a marquee is the "most common". However "most common" is a relative term. The toy is difficult to find complete and working. A high grade example like this one is down right scarce. It's only the second such grade I've offered.

Size: 9" x 9" x 5". 

Sold: Jun. 2008

Price Sold: $ 1675


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