Hess Dynamobil Powered Crusher-Grinder Toy

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Description (Brief)
This toy was manufactured by the Hess Company of Nuremburg, Germany during the early 20th century. The “J.L.H.” makers mark on the base of the toy dates the motor to between 1906 and 1930, when John Leonard Hess took over the company. The motor is a crank operated friction-inertia toy. The winding of the crank builds up inertia and when the switch on the other side is turned on the motor spins its axel. The motor powers a toy stamp machine, which passes the power through its drive wheel to a crusher-grinder toy.
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Physical Description
wood (base material)
overall: 4 1/2 in x 14 in x 4 5/8 in; 11.43 cm x 35.56 cm x 11.7475 cm
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Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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