Lehmann's The Balky Mule
with original box
Early Lehmann wind-up toy in fine working condition with original box
Circus clown pitches forward and back in his cart as mule kicks and balks
Lithographed tin cart has wonderful circus graphics in fine condition as is the felt covered mule
Clown has some wear to painted face and cloth suit is intact but delicate
Toy is overall 8" long with built-in key
Original box has been restored to good condition and shrink-wrapped to prevent further wear
Lehmann produced the Balky Mule beginning in 1897. This example probably dates to the period just after the German patent was issued in 1907, as D-R Patent is printed on the cart. Later versions of the toy no longer reference patents.
The wheel illustrations are the early version as well.