1938 Wind Up Lothograph Tin Aligator by J. Chein & Company

J. Chein & Company was an American toy manufacture in business from 1903 through the 1980s. The company is best remembered today for its mechanical toys made from stamped and lithographed tin produced from the 1930's through the 1950s. 


Founded by Julius Chein and started in a loft in New York City, with a production line of premiums for the Cracker Jacks snack line. 


In the 1920s and early 1930's, Chein produced a popular line of toy trucks under the "Hercules" name, rather than their own. They also produced many noisemakers and rattles. Walking, crawling or jumping figural wind-up toys became a mainstay. 


This particular aligator has segmented body parts, giving it a swing and swaying motion. It has a wonderful and freindly face with sort stocky midsection and tail.