Fernand Martin: Le facteur de Chemin de fer

This toy is a platform employee of a train station and dated from 1894.
He was responsible for transporting passengers suitcases, luggage and packages to and from the trains.

It appears that this toy exists in two versions, one with a flywheel drive and another with a mechanical winding drive.
These two different versions can be clearly distinguished.
The version with a flywheel has one tin case for the cart, in this case is hidden the flywheel.


These two different versions can be clearly distinguished.
The version with a flywheel has one tin case for the cart, in this case is hidden the flywheel.

Photo with permission from Bertoia auctions

The version with the winding mechanism is provided with two paper-wrapped packages.
The version with the mechanical drive is relatively unknown, I only discovered one copy in the collection of the French museum Musée des arts and Métiers – Le cnam

As the photos of the museum contain a copyright, I cannot show it here, but a digital visit to the site is worth looking at, see this link:
https://phototheque.arts-et-metiers.net/?idPageWeb=95
enter the keyword “Fernand Martin” at “rechercher“.
The photos you can find at the numbers 0000558_052 up to and including 0000558_056 and at the numbers 0001664-045 and 0000558-174

I have found two signed images, one is a drawing from the magazine La Nature 1894 page 87, and in a old Martin catalog of 1898 it is an image of a label.
On this label the drawing of the version with mechanism and if you look closely at the label you can see at the bottom left of the drawing:
Number 123 avec volant . (Translated: with flywheel)
Number 124 — mechanique. (Translated: with Mechanism)

A super rare toy.

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