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Object ID # 1975.201.001abc
Object Name Harmonica
Other Name Organ, Mouth
Title Toy Harmonica
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Date Early 20th-century?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Germany
Description A diminuitive toy harmonica, called "THE CHARMER", and its storage box. The harmonica is (A) and has "THE CHARMER" impressed script-style, with a long flourish of the "R". The other side is impressed with a ship trademark and "MADE IN / GERMANY". There are five rectangular blow holes. One end has a small wire loop (perhaps it had a ribbon or something to prevent it from getting lost?). The tiny rectangular, two-piece fitted box is made of thin cardboard that is covered with dark red paper (with black printing on it). The box has the catalogue number and "PARKHURST" written on it in ink. These were not original to it. The lid has "My Little Charmer" printed.

A. Harmonica
B.& C.
Makers mark Printed with a ship trademark and "MADE IN / GERMANY"
Provenance Manufactured in Germany. Provenance unknown. Last belonged to Iza Parkhurst of Oshawa, Ontario.

Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Wood/Cardboard/Paper/Brass/Ink/Glue
Dimensions H-1.3 W-4.6 L-1.8 cm
Found Oshawa, Ontario
People Kennedy, Robert Pollock (Junior)
Function A novelty toy (a miniature harmonica). It could play ten notes. It was manufactured in a German toy factory, and exported to Canada for commercial sale.