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This is a beautiful tin litho friction butterfly toy in good vintage condition. From the 1940s-1950s.

I've shared a dozen of these from my collection on Etsy, and some have their tradeoffs!

This one is nearly perfect from a visual standpoint. There is minimal paint loss- the wings are still attached by the fragile little slip of punched tin AND it still has antennas. Probably only the third I've ever possessed that still had them.

From a mechanical standpoint- the inner friction mechanism is working well- but one tire has a flattened spot so it's not working as it should. You should be able to lightly apply pressure on the back and move it forward so the wings go up and down.

I always recommend for display only- definitely not meant to be played with any longer... so it's not such a bad thing. Absolutely gorgeous- and I have collected these for 10 years- this one is a beauty.

Amazing gift for a butterfly or tin toy collector!

It is about 5" wide. Just gorgeous.

Thank you for looking!

vintage tin friction toy butterfly litho Alps Japan from Elizabeth Rosen

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: tin
  • Only ships to United States from New York, United States.
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