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Toy hot air balloons - Fire Balloons

Fire Balloons

  • Object:

    Toy hot air balloons

  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1900-1914 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wire, paper, wool and cardboard

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr G. E. M. Trinick, England 1914, [86/1909].

  • Museum number:

    MISC.884:1, 2-1988

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 6 []

Physical description

The balloons consist of a metal wire framework onto which is pasted coloured tissue paper. At the bottom is a metal ring to which is attached a piece of cotton wool. Each is contained in a tissue envelope with the instructions pasted on the front. It is in its original packaging.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1900-1914 (manufactured)



Materials and Techniques

Wire, paper, wool and cardboard

Marks and inscriptions

"FIRE BALLOONS / Superior / Montgolfier".
There is a picture of a balloon with the words FIRE BALLOONS written around the centre of the balloon. On the left is the word "Superior" and on the right "Montgolfier".


Length: 23.4 cm, Width: 24.9 cm, :

Descriptive line

Hot Air Balloons made in England in 1900-1914

Labels and date

A hot hair baloon works on the simple principle that hot air rises. Warmer air is lighter than cooler air. The balloon has to be very big to fit in enough hot air to fly. It is kept warm by a burner. The top of the balloon has a vent that can be opened to let hot air escape and the balloon descend. The balloon only moves in the same direction as the wind, making it an impractical way to travel. Despite this, travellers still enjoy the experience. []


Wire; Paper; Cardboard; Wool


Printing; Metalcutting

Subjects depicted

Hot-air balloons


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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