Chicken "Counting" Nesting Toy. Ten brightly painted miniature chicks emerge from the mother hen. Semenov had a tradition of producing colorful and whimsical toys to instruct developing young minds. This set was made to teach children to count and recognize colors as well as to develop manual dexterity. Hand painted in Semenov, near Moscow. Child-safe materials (though not intended for children under 3 years old). The hen is 6" tall and each of the mini chicks are 1¾" tall. Made in USSR in the late 1980s, but has an orange Made in Russia paper label for export (see below). Also the word Semenov neatly written inside head of hen. Condition: very good, with a nice gloss. 1 only, as shown.
During the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1991, many of the handicraft products, such as toys, nesting dolls, etc., that had been made and stockpiled in 1988, 1989 and 1990 for export, had to be quickly labeled "Made in Russia". Thus, production values of the Soviet Union carried over for a while until capitalism settled in causing the values to erode and prices to go up.