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Musical box

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, celluloid and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Louise, Clare and Siobhan Carolin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 10

Physical description

The base is 8 sided and is painted yellow with two floral rings in red and green. It stands on 6 small circular feet (2 are missing from the original 8) which have been painted brown. The top of the base is green and nailed on. On the base top are 4 celluloid angel figures, one in a blue dress playing a clarinet, one in green with an accordion, one in pink with a violin, and one in green with a book. All have gold wings. In the centre of the base top is a merry-go-round with a grey base spotted with gold over a green base. From this 4 metal uprights support the roof with a grey top and green and white underside. In the centre is a column with three horses and riders, one missing, and a canopy of gold paper. The turning handle of metal and wood protrudes from the main base. When turned a tune is played and the toy rotates.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1930 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wood, celluloid and metal

Marks and inscriptions

'---wie tanzen Ringelreihen'
we dance the circular dance
stamped in red on base


Height: 18.4 cm, Width: 14 cm

Descriptive line

Wooden merry-go-round musical box made in Germany in about 1930

Subjects depicted

Horses (animals); Angels; Violin; Book; Wings; Accordion; Riders; Clarinet


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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