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Another unknown Japanese autogyro toy...

Postby 24C » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:12 pm

Got this one in a Bonhams lot sale:





All tin, windup, really pretty insect, here is its size compared to the Tootsietoy Pitcairn and the A.R. "autogire" :



Any ideas about manufacturer?
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Re: Another unknown Japanese autogyro toy...

Postby 24C » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:13 pm

This is what it looks like underneath, with its complex windup mechanism, that powers rotor and wheels:

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Re: Another unknown Japanese autogyro toy...

Postby hovermd » Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:06 am

If you look carefully on the bottom of the rotor blades, it is marked "Made in Occupied Japan."

The original box is plain cardboard and similarly marked "Made in Occupied Japan."

I have a toy catalog from 1948 that features this toy. But, there's no manufacturer name listed on the ad.

There is a second, slightly smaller "snub-nosed" version of the toy as well.

Here's a link to a different MAC post featuring this version:

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=863&p=3827&hilit=occupied#p3827

Like you, I would love to hear who made these toys!
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