This fierce lion has fascinated all my grandchildren as toddlers. These German toys were made in many sizes, most commonly with roosters in cages the size of one's hand. This lion is housed in a wooden cage measuring 16 inches tall, probably the largest size made of these mechanical caged animals. He stands on a platform facing to the left with cage doors closed. When a wooden lever on the outside of the cage is pushed, the platform is released and pops forward pushing open the gate while the lion's head nods and the mouth opens to reveal his teeth. The lion is covered in soft hide with a beautiful fur mane. Thin paper simulating stacked rocks covers the wooden box on the bottom of the cage which houses the mechanics. A great kids' toy we enjoy even today!
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