Every little boy needed a solider under their Christmas tree, and I guess it is amazing that any of these have survived. These are very early German crank toys (Klimperkaestchen), ca. 1840s, carved of wood with polychrome paint. Face on the left is carved; face on the right is molded with Brotteig (bread dough). They are made so that the arms move to beat the drums when the crank is turned.
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