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    Ulysses S. Grant: Ives Mechanical Smoking Toy. Circa 1880 mechanical toy produced by Ives, Blakeslee and Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut. It depicts Grant in military uniform, seated, smoking his trademark cigar. The toy maker used a bellows mechanism that served as an intake for air which, when "exhaled", would produce smoke, activated by a lit flint held in his hand. The toy is made of wood, cast iron, paper, cloth and lead. As shown, the General's uniform has seen the ravages of time, being faded in exposed areas and tattered. The painted metal head is well-preserved. Comes complete with vintage (though perhaps not original) key,and two "actions" are in working order. The arm moves back and forth and Ulysses' head moves slightly to the side to between puffs. A ring attached to his right hand indicates a third action involving that arm through the use of a connecting thread, no longer present.

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    May, 2016
    14th Saturday
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