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Lehmann “Going to the Fair” lady in riding chair

These very early string-wind drive toys were made from 1889 to 1896 in Germany by Lehmann.  Designated EPL 290, it depicts a lady in a “riding chair” or “promenade chair” being pushed about by a gentleman in period attire.  Such chairs were common in German society at the time to allow wives to enjoy fairs, expositions and society events that typically took place over large areas.  This 1889 version has the lady wearing a blue dress and brown coat with the man sporting both a striped jacket and pants.  The logo behind the lady is square.  This has to be one of the earliest Lehmann toys ever produced.

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