German Kazoo

German kazoo, tin instrument, saxophone-shaped kazoo, sax-shaped tin toy

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It took a bit of time, but I was finally able to track down a German kazoo for this website. A seller on eBay was selling this sax-shaped tin toy in the summer of 2014. There’s no word on how old this tin toy is, so I’m hesitant to call it vintage.

There is no D.R.G.M. stamping on it, which would indicate that the manufacturer copyrighted the design prior to 1952. This would indicate that this little German kazoo was either not copyrighted, or manufactured after 1952.

German kazoo, tin instrument, saxophone-shaped kazoo, sax-shaped tin toy

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This sax-shaped “thing” is in very good condition, and was described by the seller as being 6 1/2″ long.

German kazoo, tin instrument, saxophone-shaped kazoo, sax-shaped tin toy

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This German kazoo doesn’t look to me as much like the Japanese kazoos we regularly see, as it does the Argentinian-made Saxo.

German kazoo, tin instrument, saxophone-shaped kazoo, sax-shaped tin toy

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Unfortunately there is nothing on this German kazoo to indicate when it was made, or by whom. Although the seller claimed it was a “vintage musical tin toy”, he/she provided nothing to substantiate the claim. This sax-shaped tin sax may well be vintage (pre 1980), but without knowing who the manufacturer was, that would be hard to prove.

As noted above, the D.R.G.M. stamp that we traditionally see to indicate copyright on German products manufactured between 1891-1952, is not present on this German kazoo.