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.

Date Made: 1862

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, BristolPlace Owned; Place Used: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

Subject: ToysChildrenFamilyGifts & PresentsCarriagesHorses


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Related Web Publication: http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures

Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History, National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition

Credit Line: Millicent Todd Bingham

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.65.0013Catalog Number: 65.0013Accession Number: 254853

Object Name: Two-Horse Carriagecarriage, horse-drawn, toyObject Type: toysOther Terms: Two-Horse Carriage; Toys

Physical Description: iron, tinned sheet (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 1/4 in x 14 in x 2 1/4 in; 13.335 cm x 35.56 cm x 5.715 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-bcc5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_314557

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