Fernand Martin made funny and sophisticated wind-up tin toys, some with multiple actions, and was copied many times by other toy manufacturers.
There are 4 distinctive periods of his work and of his successors: 1878-1894 (F. Martin), 1895-1912 (F. Martin), 1912-1919 (Georges Flersheim) and 1919-1937 (Victor Bonnet).
Some of his sought after toys include:
What's your 'Fernand Martin' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):
|Le Petit Culbuteur Automaton W Original||05/2019||$2 226.18|
|Chauds Les Marrons Chestnut Vendor||05/2019||$1 634.65|
|La Blanchisseuse Laundry Washing Woman||04/2019||$1 634.65|
|Piano Player Automaton France Pianist||05/2019||$1 074.92|
|Empty Toy Box Paris N 197 Bis Le Pompier||06/2019||$580.00|
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