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Hessmobil racing car
Title : Hessmobil racing car Hessmobil racing car
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Creator : Mattheus Hess
Place Of Creation : Nuremberg
Date of creation : c191-?
Format : Toy
Dimensions : 220 x 130mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Hessmobil racing car with driver with additional marking of 'JLH' on rear. The Hess monogrammed 'H' can been seen below the passenger seat. There are holes for two flags, which are missing, at the front of the bonnet.

The crank turns a heavy flywheel which drives the front wheels of the car. It can be started or stopped by using the steering wheel. This was the favoured Hess mechanism for driving its toys.

Mattheus Hess founded his toy manufacturing business in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1826. The company's toys are notable for their degree of decoration and for the flywheel mechanism. The company ceased manufacturing in 1934.

Period : 1884-1913
Further reading :

Bartholomew, Charles. Mechanical toys, London; New York [etc.]: Hamlyn, 1979

Tempest, Jack. Collecting tin toys, London: Collins, 1987

Internet links :
Powerhouse Museum Collection: Search for 'Toy motor cars'
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