Ives Cast Iron Mechanical Walking Mule Antique Toy
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a wonderful antique cast iron Ives, No. 161 Walking Mule pull toy.  This mule has a lovely old patina over the entire surface and it still shows some areas of the original Japanned finish.  Ives manufactured four cast iron animal pull toys including a monkey, a goat, and a horse in the same fashion as this mule.  Please see photo #4 showing a page from the 1893  Ives, Blakeslee & Williams Co. catalog that shows this Walking Mule as well as the Walking Monkey that they were offering for sale.  See also the last photo for a close-up view of the Walking Mule on that catalog page.  When the pull string that is threaded through the mule's mouth like a bridle is pulled at the correct pace the mule will move all four legs, rocking side to side and swinging his tail as he walks. BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE!  The legs are connected together inside the donkey’s body with rubber bands, the rubber bands provide the needed spring to allow the donkey to “walk”.  The trick to getting the toy to work well is to select a surface that will allow some friction against the hoofs like a very low pile carpet or perhaps concrete as opposed to a table top; plain cardboard works well too.  We attached a new pull string because without a string the donkey would not be able to be taken for a walk.  This antique toy Ives Walking Mule measures approximately 7 ½ in length by 5 ½” tall and about 1 ¾” wide.  This early American Ives toy will make an excellent addition to any cast iron antique toy collection and he’s fun to play with too!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS WONDERFUL ANTIQUE TOY.

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Price: $549.00
Availability: SOLD