C.1914 Lehmann, No. 683 Halloh Motorcyclist In Original Box For Sale
Lehmann, No. 683 Halloh
Motorcyclist in Original Box
example of Lehmann's legendary No. 683 Halloh Motorcyclist in
excellent+ to near mint condition. Probably one of the best examples
I've seen in the last 20 years. And to top it off, it comes complete
with its super rare original box that includes both the its original
English and German instruction sheets. The box is in excellent
condition with its cover print illustration completely intact.
The toy is unique in that, like an real motorcycle, it actually runs
upright on its two wheels without the aid of training wheels. The
realistic effect was, and still is, amazing. The secret was a built-in
flywheel which acts like a spinning gyroscope. Housed inside the frame
it was capable, when new, of completing a turning radius of 39 feet on
a single wind-up.
Eventually the clockwork mechanism
runs down and the toy falls over which is the reason why high grade
examples are so difficult to find. In fact any example is difficult to
find, however those that do turn up usually have paint chips and
scrapes on both arms, lower back and shoulders, as well as the face,
hat, red pullover socks, and parts of the motorcycle itself......but
not in this case!
Lehmann produced subsequent litho variations of their Halloh cycle
Roon, & Quex. However they all had training wheels permanently
attached to the underside for
balance. Only the Halloh incorporated the gyroscopic concept.
Most important; all the parts on this toy are original, no touch-ups or
repairs, and it works great! (although I would not run it along the
The box is pure awesome. The cover illustration shows an early 20th
century motorcycle race. Three riders including Halloh are rounding the
curve. Patent information pertaining to the gyro mechanism was listed
on an infield sign. Manufacturer name, toy name and catalog number were
included. The cover print is complete. It has approximately half of its
original cover apron (flaps). The box bottom is complete.
Still factory glued to the underside of the cover are its original two
bilingual instruction. The top sheet is English and underneath it is
German. It includes a fantastic illustration of how to hold the toy
while winding. Much of the text cautions about it's use, winding, the
type of floor to run it on, etc. In other words it was fragile even
Size: 8¾" long, 6½" tall. Condition: Phenomenal condition; excellent+
to near mint with all original paint and parts. The delicate gold
details on the motorcycle are complete; frame sides, underside, and
fenders. The silver wheel spokes are all intact and every one is
connected on both ends (rim and hub). The tires have only an occasional
tiny spot of sidewall wear. The tire rims are near pristine with only a
narrow rub line in the center. The lithography on the cyclist is truly
amazing. Paint on the entire back, legs (calves, hips, etc.), pull-over
socks, both sides of the face, and knuckles on both hands is nearly
100% complete. Only an occasional nick can be seen. It's few wear spots
are present on the elbows, and lower side outer boot edges near
the sole. The top forward section of the cap has a couple of tiny rubs
on either side, but is not scraped. A tiny spot of wear can also be
seen on the brim.
As already mentioned the box is excellent with the top cover print
complete and intact with only a scattering of tiny nicks. Very faint
penciled words "Arthur" and "from Santa", probably the original owner,
can be seen. About half of the original cover aprons are present. These
had split off, but were still inside the box and have been reattached.
The box bottom is complete although one of the sides was fractured into
several smaller pieces. Like a puzzle it was all precisely put back
together (amazing job). All eight original
corner staples are also in place. The instructions, although extremely
brittle, have edge chips, corner curling, and age discoloration. But, they're still the only instruction sheets I've ever
seen for this toy.
Rare toy and very rare box with instructions; easily one of the highest
quality German clockwork motorcycles from this early period.
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