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SALESMAN SAMPLE LADDER WAGON/FIRE ESCAPE LADDER. Important last minute consignment as the catalog was nearing completion. This outstanding and intricate miniature horse drawn wagon features a flat wooden wagon base with brass spoke wheels and brass superstructure, which is painted black with gold and red pinstripes and highlights. This superstructure rotates 360 degrees on a center pin and is surmounted by a six-step brass ladder mechanism that scissors up by means of a hand crank gear mechanism to the higher floors for a safe escape. It is finished with a padded leather seat and a metal plaque at the rear that reads “J.F. Werner, Model Maker, 62 Centre St., N.Y. Consigned directly from the family of the original inventor, circa 1882. It was invented by John Phippard, the great uncle of the consignor. According to the consignor, Phippard, who resided in New York at the time, was a descendent of Sir William Phippard, who served in the House of Lords and was Lord Mayor of Poole, England. The underside of the carriage is marked in pencil with inventor’s information as well as “Property of Arthur Liebscher” with a Philadelphia address (relative of consignor). Accompanied by what appears to be its original wooden box, which is fitted to accommodate this outstanding item and shows the proper internal wear. SIZE: 12-1/4″ l x 3-1/2″ w x 7-1/4″ h. Extends to 31-1/2″ l x 23-1/2″ h. CONDITION: Very good, all original condition with a few scattered chips to the paint and a couple cracks to the wood. Original strings to activate the ladder are present, but not fully attached to work the mechanism. Front wheel assembly is detached but present and might have had an old repair at some point in its life. Also includes a small box of loose parts that presumably make it complete. 1-13154 (5,000-15,000)

Auction: Advertising, Toy & Doll - June 2013
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