train tunnel or portal
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We are pleased to offer for sale a very rare and early Marklin Gauge One Tunnel or  Portal.  Based on the size of the opening and the tunnel we are saying it is one gauge, but please read all of the following measurements and judge scale for yourself.  The overall size of this unique hand painted portal is roughly 17" 42.5cm wide, 10.5" 26.5cm in height and 5.5" or 14cm deep. The tunnel opening in this primitive looking passageway is about 5.5" or 14cm in height, by 5 .75" or 15cm in width. The tunnel is not labeled by Märklin however, it is labeled "LE PARADIS DES ENFANTS 92 Av. des CHAMPS-ELYSEES PARIS" on the original printed celluloid tag that's tacked to the top of the portal.  We have discovered that this particular store ("LE PARADIS DES ENFANTS" or "The Children's Paradise") was the retailer for Märklin and Bing trains in Paris France for some time.  The construction of this amazing portal is molded paper-mache, mounted to solid wood planking backing that's been hand painted with a distinctive style, and it features natural (tree uprights) elements.  All typical of methods and finishes we found on the early Marklin 1 Gauge portals and tunnels that we compared it with.  This rare Märklin portal has the unique rustic appearance of a Mine Entrance, it's a great looking piece all by itself and it could easily be displayed as a stand-alone, just imagine a locomotive on a section of track exiting the tunnel with a light inside.  Or it could be used, by installing it in your new railroad layout.  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS RARE AND UNIQUE MARKLIN 1 GAUGE TRAIN PORTAL.


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Price: $55.00
Availability: SOLD