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Vintage 1950's Swedish Hand Held Child's Wooden Motion Toy Of Hens Pecking in Hartley Wintney

17 weeks ago


Vintage 1950's Swedish Hand Held Child's Wooden Motion Toy Of Hens Pecking.

This charming classic child's motion toy has a hand held wooden paddle on which are positioned five hens attached to a pull string weighted with a ball which when swung around in a circle beneath the paddle using the attached handle makes the hens raise and lower their heads as though pecking at food. It makes a satisfying noise when the hens touch the surface of the paddle!

This fun rustic toy is naively hand painted with a red swing ball, matching red handle, and highlights of green on the top of the circular paddle.

There are more modern copies on the market, and various countries have produced their own versions. However, the item being offered for sale here is an authentic hand made original marked with "Made In Sweden" on its underside - which means it is highly collectable.

This is a private sale from a pet, smoke and Covid free home. This toy has been in my family since it was purchased new in the 1950's.

This toy is in full working order. It is in played with / play worn condition - which adds to its character and appeal. Its patina, areas of fading, and the various small dents and marks on it are to be expected given its age.

All its components are the originals, including the red strings which make it work (these are often broken on toys of this era).

One of the hens has a slight crack in its side; this doesn't impact its function though. Three of the hens have parts of their wooden tails missing. The tip of the beak on one of the hens has been worn away.

Some of the metal nails which form the legs of the hens and attach them to the paddle stick out a little from the underside of this item.

Please refer to the photographs which accompany this advertisement to make your own assessment regarding condition.

The size of the toy is approximately 24 cm from the end of the handle to the edge of the paddle; the paddle itself is approximately 14.5 cm in diameter.

Although this item was originally intended for use by children, given its age and condition it is recommended that it now be used for entertainment by teenagers or adults only - or as a decorative piece.

Buyer to collect, and pay cash on collection please. (Social Distancing will be respected.) Regret no returns accepted. Thank you.

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