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Jouets de Paris JEP ca. Early 1900s Cast Metal & Tin Hand Painted Lever Action #388.4 Table Top Horse Racing Game for Sale


Jouets de Paris JEP ca. Early 1900s Cast Metal & Tin Hand Painted Lever Action #388.4 Table Top Horse Racing Game

We have for you an early 1900s cast metal (likely lead) and tin, hand-painted, lever-action #388.4 tabletop horse racing game with original box that was manufactured by Jouets de Paris or JEP of Paris, France.

This game works by pulling the lever to the side to make the horses travel around the track. This is fully working and all horses are present and are still bright and crisp. The green felt has long since faded. The box is fair condition with the back right seam having split. The box also has a stamp that is in Portuguese, what we could figure out from it is that it says something about “The Fair of Leipzig Toys” which is presumably the Leipzig Book Fair. The Leipzig Book Fair became the largest book fair in 1632 and is the second-largest book fair in Germany. The Leipzig Book Fair is the first large trade meeting of the year and plays an important role in the market where new publications are first presented.

This piece is in fair to good 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 play. It is approximately 10 ½” x 10 ½” L. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.    



A brief history of Jouets de Paris or JEP of Paris, France: 

In 1899 the company “Société Industrielle de Ferblanterie” (SIF) was founded as an umbrella organization of smaller metalworking companies in Paris. They specialized in floor runners and clockwork trains with rails of the gauges 0 & 1, as well as boats and cars in die-cast and lithographed tin.

Jouet de Paris (JP, JdP, JdeP, JEP) is a similar toy house founded in 1902 by the meeting of several small craft companies. On August 1, 1909 SIF buys Jouet de Paris (JEP) and they begin using the JEP name to produce toys specializing in lithographed, tin, clockwork toy automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, and other motor miniatures. JEP cars traditionally carried a trademark on the radiator of the particular vehicle replicated.

In 1928, they changed the name of the firm to Jouet de Paris (J de. P) when they created a particularly successful new series of small cars. Around 1932, SIF decides to change back to using the Jouets de Paris (JEP) trademark and continued to use the JEP trademark until 1965 when the company closed its doors.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in