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Arnold Tin Lithographed Windup #940 “Phoque Jongleur” French Juggling Seal Toy in Box for Sale


Arnold Tin Lithographed Windup #940 “Phoque Jongleur” French Juggling Seal Toy in Box 

This is a tin, lithographed, windup #940 “Phoque Jongleur” that was manufactured by Arnold Co. of Nuremberg, Germany in France.

This funny little juggling seal (phoque jongleur) is wound by his original Arnold key, when wound this working seal scoots forward, his flippers and the umbrella move up and down, as he balances the umbrella on his nose. The clockwork mechanism is very strong. The box is all original and in good to very good condition.  

This piece is in excellent all original condition with no breaks, restorations, repairs, or touch-ups. This piece shows the usual patina, fading, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, missing accessories, and wear that are to be expected from age and display. This is approximately 7″ L x 6” H.  We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.        



A brief history of Arnold Co. of Nuremberg, Germany: 

Active: 1906 to date 

Founder: Karl Arnold 

Specialty: Stationary steam accessories; nautical toys. Introduced “Rapido” gauge “N” model railroads in the 1960s.    

For those that don’t know, Karl Arnold was born in 1865 in Bavaria. Then at the age of 41, he founded the company for mechanical toys in Nuremberg (1906). There is a wonderful book entitled Arnold – The Toys from 1906 until 1965 that shows more about this German maker. I wholeheartedly recommend Ulrich Schweizer’s book, especially to the person who purchases this solid toy or any of the iconic tin ships. 

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Additional information

Weight 2.25 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in