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Object ID # 1959.002.028
Object Name Accessory, Doll
Title Child's Toy Hand Wringer (c. 1906)
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date c. 1906
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description One small toy clothes wringer, c. 1906.The wringer has a home-made appearance, and is plainly-styled. There is a bent wire crank handle to turn the dowel rollers. The wringer is notched at the two ends, so it could be placed onto a "washtub", just like a real wringer might.
Provenance Owned by Mary Ann (Minnie) Givens (née McKay), who lived in the Massie District, Holland Township, Grey County. Minnie married James Givens in July of 1898. Minnie and James farmed in Holland Township, but are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Owen Sound. James R. Givens was born in 1875 and died in 1958. Minnie was born in 1871 and died in 1950.
Next owned by Jean Reid (née Givens), their daughter, who married William Reid.
Jean was born in 1899 and died in 1991. She said she remembers playing with it circa 1906.
Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Paint
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Givens, James

Reid, Jean
Subjects Toys
Children playing adults
Function This was a plaything of a little girl, so that she could pretend to wring her doll's clothing and play "laundry day". This toy was played with by Jean Givens, a farm girl in Holland Twp.