Wind-up toys

The simplest examples of wind-up toys are ones that use turning handles. Clockwork toys work on a similar principle to that of a spring. A steel coil is wound up with a key and then released. A balance wheel is used to control the speed of release and ensure that the rate of relaxation is uniform. This results in a consistent release of energy. Cogwheels are used to convert the energy into movement.

From the late 17th century, French craftsmen made materials such as silver. In the 19th and early 20th century, there were expensive clockwork toys, such as walking dolls, but there were also mass produced tin toys.

Some wind up toys use friction to make them move. A central wheel (the friction wheel) is wound up by pushing the rear wheels of the toy backwards or forwards against a flat surface. When the toy is placed on the ground the friction wheel provides momentum to the other wheels to move the toy.

Other tin collectors also search for:
Marx Toys Robot Technofix Tin Toy Buddy L Horikawa Alps

Wind Up value and price guide

What's your Wind Up Key worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

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walnut key wind pendulum wall clock 37 ec beautiful Walnut Key Wind Pendulum Wall Clock 37 Ec Beautiful 08/2021 $450.00
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Comments (2)
Gayla - January 12, 2017
I have this wind up cable car and track that has made in US zone Germany marked on it. But Im not sure if I have the complete set and I have not been able to find anything that looks like it or a value. Could you please help?
It's probably a toy made by Einfalt/Technofix or Gama. Value probably between 40-100 USD. You can send a pic to fabtintoys gmail dot com.
Gennie - April 10, 2012
I have a MAR car that i have been trying to research. I m trying to find info and value. It is very similar to "the Jalopy" but this is a black coupe style convertable car with 4 riders. it is covered in sentiments as "the jalopy" is and has a license plate that reads JU302. If you can help me with my search i would really appreciate it, title the email as MAR CAR so that i will recognize you...thank you