There is controversy as to who manufactured this piece; Issmayer or Hess. It does have some Hess characteristics, but without confirmation from catalogs, it will probably still remain controversial.
Two examples of the Hess figural boy on sled. One without wheels, the other as a windup. It was not unusual for Hess to make 2 or 3 different powered versions of their toys. Simple rollers, flywheel friction powered and clockwork. These examples unnamed or numbered but do have the JLH loco printed on the boy’s jacket cuff.
Several examples of the Hess figural boy on sled named “Kismet”. JLH logo is printed on the underside of sled. Flywheel friction powered.
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