This wonderful, Shooting Gallery Target / Marble Toy is manufactured in the form of a Punch & Judy Puppet Theater with figures of Punch, Judy and the Clown as hinged targets. There are small "cup" on the heads of each figure which hold marbles and large wooden "ball" shaped targets below each figure.When the large wooden "balls" are struck with a projectile, the puppet figures lean forward and release the marbles which would roll back in the direction from which the original projectile was shot. Are best guess here is that this was a target for a small toy cannon that shot marbles - when a "hit" was made another marble was sent back to the shooter so that they could have an additional shot! This fantastic Paper over Wood Shooting Gallery Target / Marble Toy measures approx.
11 3/4" tall and 6 1/2" wide at the base. The face of the Puppet Theater facade is actually pastedown paper over paperboard which is mounted on a wood frame while the puppets themselves are paper over wood. The Target appears to have originally had some type of easel style stand on the back which is missing.
We have been dealing in antique Toys for 37+ years now and have never seen this Shooting Gallery Target / Marble Toy before - we could find no information about this or any similar Toy of the period and believe it to be exceptionally rare. This rare and wonderful, Chromolithographed Paper-Over-Wood, Mechanical Pop Gun / Cork Gun / Toy Cannon Shooting Gallery Target / Marble Toy displays in very good condition.
The paste down, chromolithograph surface exhibits soiling and some minor paper loss at the edges but the colors are well preserved and the Target displays nicely. The Target lacks its original easel form stand at the back as stated above. Please see the scans below for a good representation of the condition of this rare, early 20th century Shooting Gallery Target / Marble Toy. An exceptionally rare and quite wonderful, ca1910's Chromolithograph Paper over Wood, Mechanical Pop Gun / Cork Gun / Toy Cannon Shooting Gallery Target / Marble Toy and a fantastic addition to any collection!! The item "1910s BLISS PAPER OVER WOOD SHOOTING GALLERY TARGET / MARBLE TOY POP GUN GAME" is in sale since Friday, February 17, 2017.
This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Other Vintage & Antique Toys". The seller is "walnutts" and is located in Brewster, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.