Sunday, 17 January 2010
Rare Sonnenberg composition Butcher's Shop, mid 19th century
The bottom image shows the complete shop. There is a small handle that you turn and the butcher chops at his block and the customer turns backwards and forwards. Look at the detail of the inside of the hung meat, you can see internal organs and ribcages!
It dates from the second quarter to the mid 19th century, this type of toy is very desirable. Made from a mixture of wood, wire and composition (a sort of plaster, glue and paper pulp), this type of toy were made by a number of makers from the Sonnenberg district of Germany.
There is an amazing museum in Soltau Germany called the Nordeutsches Spielzeugmuseum, the website is www.spielzeugmuseum-soltau.de
They have an amazing collection of this type of toy, also some amazing dolls, toys and teddy bears. Very much worth a visit.
Does this appeal to you? Have you seen this type of toy before? Let me know.