The most collectable wooden toys are those made in Germany, particularly in the Erzgebirge region, from about 1830 until the Second World War. European wooden toys differ from most American ones in that European toys are fully carved or turned and then painted directly on the wood. American wooden toys usually have lithographed paper applied to flat surfaces and cut to shape.
Popular toys from the Erzgebirge region include Noah’s Arks. These were often decoratively painted and came in various sizes with a range of animal and human figures. Early arks had a boat-hull base; later examples had a flat base. In Briatin, Chad Valley made Arks from about 1900.
Wooden hobby horses have been popular since the 16th century. Wooden rocking horses were first produced in about 1650. They were immensely popular in the 19th century. The velocipede (a carved wooden horse on a tricycle base) was popular in the middle of the 19th century.
One of the earliest wooden products of the Erzegibirge wooden toy manufacturing region was the wooden nutcracker shaped like a man, which was made famous in the children’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.
Decorated figures of “nut biters” are known to have been made as early as the 16th century. They became popular as gifts and were particularly associated with Christmas.
In 1816, E.T.A. Hoffman wrote “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”, a Christmas story for children in which the hero, an enchanted nutcracker, leads an army of toys against the army of the evil Mouse King. In 1891, Tchaikovsky turned the story into one of the world’s most popular ballets
In Ergebirge, Wilhelm Friedrich Fuchtner is regarded as the father of the nutcracker. His descendants still produce nutcrackers on his original model.
[3-6 Yr Old] Wooden Framed Bike, Rubber Air Tyres, Wood-Bike Stand (Barely Used)
on July 11, 2019 at 11:57 am
AU $3.00 (0 Bids)End Date: Sunday Jul-21-2019 21:57:29 ESTBid now | Add to watch list […]
Wood Magnetic Puzzle Figure Animals Farm Drawing Board Box Educational Toy #gib
on July 5, 2019 at 8:31 am
AU $17.48End Date: Monday Aug-5-2019 18:31:52 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $17.48Buy It Now | Add to watch list […]
Le Toy Van The Farmyard Farm Wooden Wood Toy + Figures - Used- Local Pickup Only
on July 4, 2019 at 11:30 pm
AU $50.00End Date: Monday Aug-5-2019 9:30:24 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $50.00Buy It Now | Add to watch list […]
35CM Kids Colorful Gear Caterpillar Toys Wooden toy Educational Toys Wood Intell
on July 3, 2019 at 10:20 am
AU $13.81End Date: Saturday Aug-3-2019 20:20:28 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $13.81Buy It Now | Add to watch list […]
Traditional Japanese Game All Colourful Wood Kendama Ball Education Toy
on July 1, 2019 at 8:09 am
AU $7.58End Date: Thursday Aug-1-2019 18:09:31 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $7.58Buy It Now | Add to watch list […]