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Constructional toy - The New Alphabet Game, A Cottage to Build Containing 45 Pieces
  • The New Alphabet Game, A Cottage to Build Containing 45 Pieces
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The New Alphabet Game, A Cottage to Build Containing 45 Pieces

  • Object:

    Constructional toy

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and paper

  • Museum number:

    E.1868-1954

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is both a constructional toy and learning tool. The box contains 45 wedge shaped wooden blocks for building a circular cottage. Thirty-two of the pieces have lithographed pieces of paper with letters of the alphabet, a door and windows. The other 13 are painted and form the base, roof and chimney. The box is covered with dark paper decorated with chinoiserie designs. There is a yellow label on the lid with a picture of a family making the cottage.

Physical description

A cylindrical box with lid containing forty-five wedge shaped wooden blocks for building a circular cottage. The box is covered with dark paper decorated with chinoiserie designs. There is a yellow label on the lid with a picture of a family making the cottage. Thirty-two of the pieces have lithographed pieces of paper with letters of the alphabet, a door and windows. The other thirteen are painted and form the base, roof and chimney.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)

Date

ca. 1850 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood and paper

Dimensions

Height: 11 cm, Diameter: 8 cm

Descriptive line

Wooden alphabet block set constructional toy made in England about 1850

Materials

Paper; Wood

Techniques

Lithography; Painting

Categories

Games; Children & Childhood; Construction toys

Production Type

mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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