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Marx ca. 1940s Tin Lithographed Windup Rare “Sparkling Anti-Aircraft Defense Gun” for Sale


Marx ca. 1940s Tin Lithographed Windup Rare “Sparkling Anti-Aircraft Defense Gun”

We have for you this very hard-to-find ca. 1940s tin, lithographed, windup “Sparkling Anti-Aircraft Defense Gun” that was manufactured by Louis Marx & Company of New York City, New York. This military toy was produced just before the United States entered World War II

When wound with its dedicated key the strong windup mechanism drives the magazine drum on top to rotate as sparks are omitted from the front of the barrel, all at the same time a very loud “ack-ack” noise is heard! There is a black “Range- Finder” that works and allows the shooter to see a target in the distance. There is also the original folding metal rod that allows the gun to stand in an upright position and can then fold underneath. A small area of surface rust on one side of the barrel (see photo).

This piece is in 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 17” L x 10 ½” H. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.



A brief history of Louis Marx & Company of New York City, New York:           

Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from about 1919 to 1980 founded in New York City by Louis & David Marx. Its products were often imprinted with the slogan, “One of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?” Arguably, Marx was the most well-known toy company through the late mid-20th century. Best known for their lithographed tin windup toys Marx was also one of the big four among American electric train manufacturers. An interesting fact is that Marx also successfully revived the Yo-Yo in 1928; it sold well even through the Depression.     

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Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 20 × 8 × 8 in
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