Orig 1920s Mickey Mouse Performo Grove Studio Toy RARE!

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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 24, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House

Awesome Original Toy by Performo Toy Co * Grove Studio

World's Greatest Patriotic Animal Acrobats" * "The greatest little show on earth"

* Nicki with white feet

Amongst the property that was being sold of L. Grove, son of Rene Grove, (the original toy maker of Performo Toys), I found "ancient" boxes of old unused stock of Performo / Grove Studio Toys, circa 1924-1927, in the attic of Rene Grove's Grove Studio workshop . I will be listing them all in the next few days.

This is a toy that was a predecessor to Micky Mouse , called "Nicki", circa 1924-1927 . He is attached to an advertisement that was made much later, but the toy itself is from the 20's.

In addition to the Nicki toy is a squeaker and a pole stand that are all original and hand made.

These rare old toys are all in excellent unused condition , a toy collector's dream find!

This will be carefully packed and shipped so you may receive it with no loss.

Just to give you a little history, Performo toys had an early patent on Micky Mouse in 1926 and Disney's Mickey Mouse was not introduced nor patented until a few years later. Even so, Disney sued Rene Grove and Performo, with Disney somehow winning the case and Performo, with mounting litigation and legal fees, eventually folded its previously successful operations a number of years later in 1935. In 1945 Rene Grove moved all of his equipment, stock and machinery, along with his home, his artwork and personal goods from Middletown PA to Roslyn PA. His son, (now 90 years old), grew to become a serious hoarder and nothing ever got thrown away, hence my discovery of these dust covered boxes that contained old stock of these rare handmade toys in the attic of Rene Grove's old Grove Studio workshop. We acquired an historic piece of American iconic history with this little Animal Acrobats at the recent Estate Sale at the home & workshop of Rene Grove - It was explained that these little acrobats date from 1927 but the accompanying poster is later. This listing is for NICKI - who was a Mickey Mouse looking toy mouse that still had his patent pending when Disney created MICKEY MOUSE a few years after Rene Grove did.

Rene Grove * Rene was the designer & a lead

partner in the Performo Toy Co. out of Middletown PA which closed in 1933 after an alleged legal skirmish with Disney Co.

over their respective Micky/Mickey Mouse toys. This subject was explored in an episode of the PBS show History Detectives

/wiki/Performo_Toy_Company /opb/historydetectives/pdf/302_mousetoy.pdf

In 1945 Rene moved his Grove Studio workshop & home to Roslyn PA, w he continued his artistic work in handmade

jewelry, hair ornaments & home decor made from aluminum.

Poster that accompanies Nicki is 14 1/4" x 9 1/2" * Poster gives examples of many of the acrobatic tricks that can be performed by the vintange little Mickey Mouse precurser The Acrobat is made of wood & wire. Also included is the nose stand

for the Patriotic Animal Acrobats to perform tricks. Also comes with a "squeker - imitates mouse when ends

are pulled and twisted, squeak with success and in contest imitate birds by experience" . The stand & squeker are made

of wood. I accept Paypal and will list this fantasic condition historic item at a fraction of previous selling similar pieces. It was removed from the original storage case that was pulled from the attic of the Pennsylvania studio of Rene Grove. Buyer pays insured shipping and handling. I will pack your item carefully knowing it is from the 1920's.