THE SECOND HORSE IS RESTORED TO ITS POSITION!! FLAG ON THE TOP IS MISSING!! SEE PHOTOS FOR MORE DETAILS & ACTUAL CONDITION.
Four different colour horses with their riders gallop under a scalloped canopy in this whimsical wind-up carousel from the early 1890s. There are traces of colour in this delightful toy made of tinplate-thin sheets of steel plated with tin.
Beginning in the mid-1800s, tinplate was the primary material for toy making because it was a cheap but durable substitute for wood. Although tinplate toys were originally assembled and painted by hand, by the late 1880s offset lithography was used instead. Colourful designs were first printed on the metal, the toy parts were formed by using a punch-like machine called a die to cut them, and then they were assembled. Construction of this carousel appears to use this "tab-and-slot" technique where two parts are connected by small flaps-one-half being inserted into corresponding narrow slots of the other half, and then bent to secure the connection.The "key" which extends from the top of carousel suggests that it is spring-powered. This technique originated in Germany in the 1850s.
During the late 1800s, toy makers, made more spring-powered wind-up toys than any other type of moving toys. PRODUCTS ARE EXACTLY THE WAY THEY APPEAR IN THE PICTURES.
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