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Object ID # 1964.058.008
Object Name Figure, Toy
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date 1920s
Made War Relief Toy Work
Place of Origin England, United Kingdom
Description Wooden horse figurine from a 1920s Noah's Ark set (see RELATED items) . Painted dark brown with a black tail and mane. Chipping on the ears and chest.
Makers mark None on the horse figure itself, but "...Toy Works" is on the Noah's Ark
Provenance The English War Relief Toy Work was a company based in Stoke Newington, London, which opened around 1918 (the company is listed mentioned in a Christmas Day 1921 article in the New York Times entitled "BRITISH INDUSTRIES FAIR. A Huge Exhibition Being Prepared for Foreign Buyers This Spring." It explained that the "annual British Industries Fair is to be held next year in London and Birmingham from Feb. 27 to March 10).
Apparently, according to an E-Bay dealer that sold one online in 2013, injured soldiers and sailors from the First and Second World Wars were put to work making this type of toy to aid in their recovery from the wars. To work with their hands making something was thought to be a good formula for dealing with the horrors of those two wars

Previously owned by Elizabeth Henderson of Owen Sound, Grey County. How she came to have it is unknown.
Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Wood/Paint
Dimensions W-8 L-8.1 D-1.1 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Subjects World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Religious aspects of war
War toys
War work