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Bell toy: trotting horse

Object Name: Toy
Date: 1890-1900
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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.
Object Number: INV.7963
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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.