Original U.S. Inter-War Era Fully Functional WWI Tin Mechanical Windup Tank “No. 3” Toy Manufactured by Louis Marx & Co - Formerly A.A.F. Tank Museum Collection

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an exceptional example of a meticulously crafted tank model windup of a Mark IV style tank. The attention to detail is impressive, as the tank is constructed using a combination of various types of tin steel mechanical components such as a crank handle and springs, which adds a unique touch to the model. The overall design of the tank is mostly accurate and true to the original appearance wise, with all components still fully functional. The craftsmanship is remarkable, and it is evident that the creator took great care in every detail of the model, making it a true work of art. The body of the tank measures 8” x 3 ¾” and sits at 5” tall.

The tank came to us from the American Armoured Foundation, Inc. Tank and Ordnance Memorial Museum. The AAF Tank Museum was a living memorial dedicated to the Tank and Cavalry soldiers of the world. Before 1981 some of the artifacts that make up the AAF Tank Museum was a private collection belonging to Mr. William Gasser. Mr. Gasser felt that his collection would be beneficial in educating present and future generations to the sacrifices made and the technologies gained during war. Therefore, in 1981 the AAF Tank Museum was established as a non-profit charitable organization, and Mr. Gasser's donated his private collection to the Tank Museum. Mr. Gasser is still active as Volunteer Director and Curator of the Tank Museum and his knowledge of military history has been a great asset to the museum. Unfortunately after 20 years of operation it had to close its doors, which is when this tank was acquired.

The tank itself was manufactured by Louis Marx and Company some time in the early 1930s. Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1919 to 1980. They made many types of toys including tin toys, toy soldiers, toy guns, action figures, dolls, toy cars and model trains. Some of their notable toys are Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Big Wheel tricycles, Disney branded dollhouses and playsets based on TV shows like Gunsmoke. Its products were often imprinted with the slogan "One of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?"

Marx is well known by collectors and some kids for making good quality toy soldiers. These sets were often known as ''Battleground'', offering Germans and Americans. Though there also were Pacific sets, which had Japanese soldiers and combat planes, such as the Zero.

Some of their most popular sets were ''Navarone'' (basing on the film), ''Iwo Jima'', ''The Alamo'' (basing on the film) and more sets based in movies and series, such as The Gallant Men, specially in John Wayne and the films he was in.

This is a wonderful opportunity to add a fantastic toy and collectable to your displays! Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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