Wooden Yo Yo

The Bald Eagle was officially declared the national symbol of the United States by the Second Continental Congress in 1782. Here the eagle perches above a shield composed of 13 stripes, representing the original 13 states. The olive branch and arrows stand for the power of peace and war. The eagle serves as a reminder of American struggle and the role that this symbol played in our nation's history.

Civil War Era Spy Decoder Wheel

On the battlefield, the accumulation of secret intelligence is one of the most important weapons that can be used to gain vital advantages. The American Civil War probably involved more spying, including more people, than any other conflict in history. Spies targeted the capitals of the North and South, Washington and Richmond, which lay only 100 miles apart. Many a Union and Confederate spy cleverly concealed and smuggled secret information through enemy lines.

Hobby Horse

The Hobby Horse toy became popular with children in America during the Colonial times. Children played riding a wooden hobby horse made of a straight stick with a small horse's head (of wood or stuffed fabric), and sometimes reins, attached to one end. This wooden Hobby Horse is handcrafted in the United States. Each horse's head is carefully rounded, stained, and printed to be an heirloom quality toy.

Civil War Era Glass Marbles

Marble games have been played in all parts of the world with all manner of playing pieces for more than two thousand years. Children in colonial America played with marbles made of stone or clay, while nineteenth century children counted glass marbles among their treasured playthings. Enclosure games, hole games, chase games, and conquering games are traditional marble games that are still very popular today. Includes instructions for one of the oldest and widely played of the enclosure games is included.

Whip Top

The whip top is an ancient member of the toy top family. Thought to have originated in the Far East, whipping tops were known to the ancients and made an appearance in manuscripts as early as the 13th century AD. The shape and size of this top is based on 18th century engravings. The Whip Top includes instructions for operation and traditional games children played with the top.


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