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Object ID # 1957.026.001
Object Name Puzzle
Title Embroidered Puzzle Ball Toy
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Embroidered velvet puzzle ball toy, late 19th-c. This puzzle ball is made of light beige-coloured velvet triangles with dark brown gussets. Originally there were 6 gold-coloured pom-poms present. There are embroidered red and purple flower motifs on green-embroidered stems. There is a gold-coloured, satiny ribbon strap that is 21 cm long with a brass ring on the end.
The item is stuffed. There is copper-coloured tinsel thread along the edges.
Provenance The exact age of this puzzle ball is unknown, but its embroidery suggests the "crazy quilt" era of the late 19th-century. It belonged to the Witherspoon family.

According to Mrs. Newman in 1994, the Witherspoon family had a farm at Jackson, Grey County [west of Owen Sound, Ontario]. They were her husband's maternal relations. She recalls that the children of the family were Jessie, Anne, Lillian, Maud, Walter, Dave, Jim and Peter Witherspoon.
Collection Toys & Games, 19th-c Collection
Material Fabric/Velvet/Ribbon/Embroidery Thread/Thread
Dimensions Dia-15 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Witherspoon, Lillian J.
Subjects Babies
Children playing
Puzzles
Search Terms Victorian
Derby Township
Function A fabric toy which can be taken apart (hence the name "puzzle ball") and which was a toy suitable for very young children