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Object ID # 1959.025.002
Object Name Carriage, Doll
Title Novelty Lead Baby Carriage Miniature (1893 patent)
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date 1893+
Year Range from 1893
Year Range to 1920
Artist Unidentified manufacturer
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Diminuitive, all-lead, doll carriage toy, 1890s. The sides are thin, openwork lead (somewhat delicate and prone to mis-shaping due to its bendability). No maker's identification is present, but there is a patent date of May 9, 1893. There are four spoked wheels. A plain, horizontal rod acts as the handle. There is a socket near the handle, which suggests that there might have once been a "sunshade" (parasol) part? The interior of the carriage has a slat-like appearance. There is no upholstery or mattress as would be present in a real carriage. The undercarriage has a patent date embossed: "PAT. MAY 9, 1893". The sides and ends of the carriage have a filagree-style design. It is plain on the inside, but the exterior sides are textured (looks like knurling).

Provenance This item was patented on May 9, 1893, but there is no mark identifying its origin of manufacture. Last owned by Leona Chisholm of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Toys & Games, 19th-c Collection
Material Lead
Dimensions H-7 W-5.2 L-13 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Chisholm, Leona