Wanted: Louis Marx wind up digging crane ((Warwick, Rhode Island))

48 Arnolds Neck Dr near Paul Ave.
condition: fair
Hello, May 15, 2024
I am trying to find and hopefully buy a Louis Marx wind up digging crane just like the one I used to have back in the early 1950's. This mostly metal toy had a tin lithographed dark olive green cab about 5 to 6 inches by 5 to 6 inches in size and about 5 to 6 inches tall. The right hand side of this cab had a chrome metal wind up key. On top there was a selector knob or stick shift to direct the wind up energy to raise or lower the brass chain and brass clam shell bucket with teeth etched in it. Also, this energy could rotate the cab left or right or move the black rubber treads forwards or backwards. The crane boom was red pressed steel about 12 to 14 inches long. The entire piece sat on a red metal base attaching to black rubber treads.
This toy was made in the American zone in West Germany in the late 1940's into the early 1950's patterned after the German all metal wind up Biller-Bohn digging crane. This German version had white rubber treads and a tin metal painted clam shell bucket with brass chain. This toy also had a chrome wind up key and similar dark green lithographed cab of similar size and dimensions as the Louis Marx crane.
Please let me know if you have any information about this metal toy.
As far as I know, my mother gave my Louis Marx digging crane away to someone who helped her when I was not around and she was in a big hurry to sell the house in Eastern Washington State (Spokane) and move into a senior citizen center.
I would like to find the exact one or another one in just as good of a condition.
Thank you for any help and information.

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