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Kienberger & Co. (Ki. Co.) ca. 1920’s Tin Lithographed Windup “The Great Billiard Champion” Pool Player *SOLD*

Kienberger & Co. (Ki. Co.) ca. 1920’s Tin Lithographed Windup “The Great Billiard Champion” Pool Player 

We have for you a rare ca. 1920s tin, lithographed, windup “The Great Billiard Champion” pool player that was manufactured by Kienberger & Co. (Ki. Co., KiCo) of Nürnberg, Germany. 

This is a very fun piece with lots of action. When wound with its dedicated key the ball pops up into position for the pool player to take his shot. The pool player draws back his cue and hits the ball (included) sinking it into one of the five holes on the table. The clockwork mechanism on this works great, the ball pops up, and the pool player makes his shot.  

This piece is in great 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. This is approximately 6 ¼” L x 3” W. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.      

  

  

A brief history of Huki Kienberger & Co. (HK) of Nürnberg, Germany:  

In 1910, Hubert Kienberger founded HUKI, Kienberger & Co., in Nürnberg, Germany.  

They specialized in mainly producing Penny Toys and animals on wheels. Before WWII, they used the brand name KiCo, which was later altered into HUKI for the first two letters of Herbert Kienberger’s first and last name.  

In 1943, they had an unfortunate event in which the company was destroyed by a fire. This stopped production for some time, but by 1951 they were back up and producing toys again.  

The company history gets hazy, but sometime during the second half of the 1970s Huki ceased to exist. What may have attributed to Huki’s downfall was that they always produced tin toys and did not change to plastic cars like many other manufacturers. They had developed new toy models until the late sixties; in their last decade (or less) they only produced from their old molds. 

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 9 in