Monday Classic: A windup mouse

This windup's carved wooden body measures 2-3/4" in length with bright black glass eyes and a string tail; a bit of the original gray flocking remains on the body. The metal mechanism is ingeniously simple with the two sets of legs attached to each other with a wire rod, and then to one of the pair of drive wheels. Note the tiny third wheel behind the drive wheels which can be gently adjusted to direct the mouse's direction of travel.

The (missing) key winds a spiral spring, storing energy released through a main gear and one reduction gear when the mouse is set on any flat surface.

I'll send it off to Randy's Toy Shop for a replacement key:

Manufacturer: unknown possibly Japanese
Dated: 40's-50's



Wonderful creature, I remember these from many years ago. Thank you so much for this post.