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Yo yo

  • Date:

    1930-1939 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nutop London (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    painted wood, metal and string

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. M. A. Clayton. [92/1161]

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 2

Physical description

Yo-yo of turned wood painted bright yellow, with white string wound around the centre. On one side is a diamond shaped metallic and black sticker which reads: Trademark NUTOP LONDON In England.


1930-1939 (made)


Nutop London (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

painted wood, metal and string

Marks and inscriptions

On one side of the yo-yo is a sticker which reads:Trademark NUTOP LONDON In England.


Diameter: 5.1 cm whole object

Object history note

The yo-yo has been used as a toy, weapon and stress reliever. The toy yo-yo has been around for thousands years. Yo-yos were used a wepaons in the Philippines during the 1500s. Hunters would set in trees and attack animals using a rock on the end of a string. This weapon could be used over and over gain. The rock developed into a carved piece of wood and yo-yoing became the national pastime. In Europe in the 1700s, particularly in France and England, yo-yoing became popular among the aristocracy as a game, but also as a way of keeeping calm and relaxed.

Descriptive line

Wood and string, English, 1930-39

Labels and date

Group of yo-yos, 1950-1990
The yo-yo is said to have originated in ancient China and is shown on greek pots around 500 BC. In England from 1700-1800 it was also called a 'quiz' or 'bandalore'. []


Wood; String; Material; Metal


Turning; Painting

Subjects depicted



Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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