The History of Fernand Martin Toy Manufacturer in Paris Part Two: The Second Period

By Cor van Schaijk

The second period from 1895 – 1912:

Fernand Martin started the second period in 1895 with his: Ma Portiére, Martin number 147. This toy was executed with his old invention the “Rubber band” drive. It turned out that the “rubber band” system for this larger toy didn’t work, it was too weak. Therefore he also performed this Ma Portiére with a clockwork drive, the difference is clearly visible, the first version has a little handle on top of the head, in the second version it has disappeared.

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Only known example of a showstopping Caille Bros., ‘Triple Centaur Jackpot’ musical upright slot machine. Accepts nickels/quarters/nickels in its three separately operating sections. Original condition, including metal castings. Working, with keys. One owner since the 1970s. Estimate $200,000-$300,000