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Bell toy: trotting horse

Object Number: 
INV.7963
Date: 
1890-1900
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 20.6 x 21.6 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron bell toy depicting trotting horse, mounted on platform with two sets of cast iron wheels of different sizes; spokes form blossom shape; brown horse with black mane and tail, blue saddle made out of separate pieces of tin; bell mounted on top of saddle with triad of clappers suspended from yoke and anchored to top of bell with flower finial; when toy is pushed or pulled, platform rises and falls; clappers ring against outside of bell.
Gallery Label: 
The wheels and bell appear in a trade catalogue for Gong Bell Manufacturing Company, East Hampton, Connecticut. Gong Bell manufactured toys as well as parts used by other toy companies.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group