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Knitting nancy - Knitting Nancy

Knitting Nancy

  • Object:

    Knitting nancy

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1935-1939 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    J W Spear & Sons Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mavis Keitch

  • Museum number:

    B.96:1 to 6 -2004

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 18 []

This Knitting Nancy set belonged to a child called Wendy in the 1930s. She kept her Knitting Nancy with her Knatty Knitter a English spool knitting toy. It is a very easy way to knit and Wendy must have liked to knit a lot as in the box is 810 cm of knitted cord she has made with muti-coloured wool.

Physical description

Boxed Knitting Nancy set, a wooden painted Nancy with red shoes, green dress and hat. With 11 balls of wool in mutli colours and a instruction booklet. A more silmpy carved wooden knitting Nancy with ball of knitted product and a booklet Knatty Knitter are probably not part of the original set and is probably made by a different company.

Place of Origin

Germany (manufactured)


1935-1939 (manufactured)


J W Spear & Sons Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood and wool


Height: 10.5 cm Nancy

Descriptive line

Boxed Knitting Nancy set made in Germany by Spears in the late 1930s

Production Note

parts 2 and 5 are not made by Spears, but a Knatty Knitter made in England during the late 1930s


Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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