Mechanical monkey, lithographed tinplate

Mechanical monkey, lithographed tinplate

Mechanical monkey
Lithographed tinplate
China
1975-1979
Museum no. B.143-1996

Drumming animals are a popular subject for clockwork toys and many were produced in Japan and China between the 1950's and the 1970's. The drum of this toy features cartoon characters resembling Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse. However, these toys would not have been made under licence. When wound up the monkey moves from side to side and beats the drum. This toy was made in China probably for the local market rather than for export.