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Clockwork carriage
Title : Clockwork carriage Clockwork carriage
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Source : [Clockwork toys] [toy]
Additional Creator : Lucy Collection
Format : Toy
Dimensions : 160 x 130 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : Lucy Family
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Description :

Red clockwork carriage with key. There are no manufacturer's marks on the carriage. It is believed to be late 19th century.

The Lucy Family lived at Modbury, north east of Adelaide, from 1873 to 1938. Ivy Lucy, born 1893, recalls their life, attending school and then helping out on the farm with the horses and cows.

We lived far away from any shops and as it took several hours to get to Adelaide by horse and sulky we rarely went there, but sometimes Father brought home as a treat a mechanical toy or a special game. We could read only when the jobs were completed and we had washed our hands - but not on Sundays. The mechanical toys were brought out on very special occasions and used under the strictest supervision. (Bayfield pp.3-4)

The family donated a collection of books toys and games to the State Library in the 1980s.

Further reading :

Bartholomew, Charles. Mechanical toys, London; New York [etc.]: Hamlyn, 1979

Bayfield, Juliana, The Lucy Collection children's books and games of the nineteenth century [Adelaide: The Library], 1984

Gardiner, Gordon. The all-colour directory of metal toys: a pictorial guide to the art of collecting international playthings, Sydney: Lansdowne, c1984

Tempest, Jack. Collecting tin toys, London: Collins, 1987

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