VINTAGE TWINKLE STAR & PINWHEEL ORNAMENT TINKLE TOY CO.

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  • Item Category: Entertainment
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 06,2006
  • Channel: Online Auction
THIS OFFERING IS FOR EIGHT "CHRISTMAS TREE TWINKLERS" IN ORANGE, BLUE AND YELLOW.

THEY WERE MADE BY TINKLE TOY CO. DIVISION OF PLAKIE TOYS INC. YOUNGSTOWN, 12 OHIO.

THESE COME WITH WHAT IS LEFT OF THE TWO ORIGINAL BOXES, ONE BOX, ALTHOUGH WORN, IS ALMOST ALL T, THE OTHER IS MISSING THE COVER OR TOP PORTION OF THE PACKAGE. THE BOX MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 11 3/4" X 3 1/4" X 2".

ACCORDING TO THE PATENT NUMBER, (#2,761,232) THESE ORNAMENTS CAN BE DATED TO 1956. THE PATENT NUMBER IS EMBOSSED ON THE ORNAMENTS, AS WELL AS ON THE ONE BOX. THE STARS ALL MEASURE 3 1/2" ACROSS.

THE ORNAMENTS HAVE THREE MAIN PARTS, THE STAR, THE PINWHEEL AND THE SKIRT AROUND THE PINWHEEL. THE PINWHEELS SPIN WITH THE SLIGHTEST CURRENT OF AIR. WHEN I FIRST SAW THEM, I THOUGHT THEY HAD SOME SORT OF POWER SOURCE BECAUSE THEY WERE SPINNING WITHOUT ANY VISIBLE PROMPTING. THE BOX SAYS "IT FLASHES + IT WHIRLS + IT'S PERPETUAL MOTION". WELL, IT'S JUST AIR MOVING; BUT, THEY SPIN SO EASILY THEY SEEM PERPETUAL.

DEFECTS: THE BOXES ARE AS DESCRIBED, THREE ORNAMENTS HAVE PROBLEMS, ONE (ORANGE) HAS A HORIZIONAL FRACTURED SKIRT ON ONE SIDE, ONE (BLUE) HAS TWO CRACKS IN THE CLEAR SKIRT, AND ONE (BLUE PICTURED) HAS WHAT APPEARS TO BE SOME MELTED SPOTS ON THE TOP EDGE. THEY ALL HAVE WHAT APPEARS TO BE SOME SPRAYED ON SNOW THAT I AM SURE WAS NOT ORIGINAL. THE SNOW COMES OFF WITH GENTLE RUBBING AND IS NOT A PROBLEM. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO TELL YOU EXCEPT THEY ARE THE REAL 50 YEAR OLD ITEM AND I WILL SHIP RIGHT AWAY. THANK YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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