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Unique Art Mfg. Co. Jazzbo-Jim “The Dancer on the Roof” Tin Lithograph Windup Black Americana Fiddler Toy *PENDING*

Unique Art Mfg. Co. Jazzbo-Jim “The Dancer on the Roof” Tin Lithograph Windup Black Americana Fiddler Toy 

This piece is a ca. 1920’s tin, lithographed, windup Jazzbo-Jim “The Dancer on the Roof” black Americana fiddler toy manufactured by Unique Art Manufacturing Company Inc. of Newark, New Jersey. 

When wound with its dedicated key and switched to the on position, this working model of Jazzbo-Jim does a little jig while his friend fiddles.  

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. It is approximately 4 ¾” L x 3 ¼” W x 10” H. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.   

 

  

A brief history of Unique Art Manufacturing Company Inc. of Newark, New Jersey: 

Unique Art Manufacturing Company Inc. was an American toy company, founded in 1916, and based in Newark, New Jersey.  They made inexpensive toys, including wind-up mechanical toys, out of lithographed tin. The “Rap & Tap in a Friendly Scrap” was one of its earliest products. Other toys they manufactured were, comic/character tin mechanicals including “Li`l Abner Dogpatch Band” and “Gertie, The Galloping Goose”. 

Unique’s president, Sammy Bergman, was a good friend of toy magnate Louis Marx, and the two men’s companies at times cooperated, with Marx providing tooling to Unique and sometimes acting as a distributor for Unique’s products. Unique Art’s eventual fate is unclear but the company appears to have disappeared by 1952, with some evidence of Marx picking up the line later on. 

 

Additional information

Weight 2.75 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in