Tin Toy

This jaunty horse-drawn carriage was presented to a little girl in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. When wound with a key, a clockwork mechanism inside the toy turns the back wheels and sends the carriage on its way. The Connecticut manufacturer, George W. Brown & Co., was famous for producing a variety of windup tin toys during the mid-1800s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
carriage, horse drawn
Object Type
toys (recreational artifacts)
Physical Description
yellow (overall color)
tin (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Family & Social Life
National Treasures exhibit
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
National Treasures exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL

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