Opponents send gaily beribboned hoops whirling towards each other to be caught on the tips of slender wands in this exciting and elegant sport. The Game of Graces was considered both proper and beneficial exercise for young ladies in the early 1800s and it was proper as well for boys to play it among themselves. Natural wooden hoops and wands. Contains colored ribbons for decoration and instructions on how to play. Hoops are approx. 10 in diameter and wands are approx. 22.5 long.
The sound of the whirling disk lends this toy its common name of Buzzer, although it appears in English literature as early as 1686 under the general name for spinning toys, Whirligig. In far-flung cultures and throughout history, buzzers have been made by and for children from all sorts of materials and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Natural wooden handles and saw. Handles measure 3.5 long and saw measures 3.25 in diameter. Length of full toy is approx. 17.
During the American Civil War, bugles and drums were normally utilized to convey commands to the troops. Not every unit, however, had a trained bugler at hand. Signal Whistles were then used, particularly when vocal commands were not effective. Typical whistle signals and directions for blowing included. Wooden with plastic loop. Whistle is about 5 long.
The bilbo catcher was among the "curious" assortment of toys advertised for sale by colonial merchants and was described as a favorite in children's books in the late 1800s. Also known as a bilboquet, the bilbo catcher is a toy of the cup & ball family with a history going back many centuries in Europe and the Americas. In this more difficult version, the ball is caught on the tip of a spindle by a hole drilled in the ball opposite the string. This bilbo catcher variation, based on 18th century print sources, combines both games in one toy.
The mbira and kalimba-families of instruments are found throughout much of Africa. Music is played on metal prongs tuned to various pitches. Our tiny kalimba is crafted in Africa from re-used aluminum cans. 1 1/2 x 6 inches.
Jaw harps were among the items traded by peddlers in the early American settlements, and later entertained the pioneers on their long treks west. The note the jaw harp produces depends upon the dimensions of its vibrating tongue, with interesting effects produced by changes in the players breathing patterns. A hardened steel vibrating tongue is mounted on the 3 1/2 metal (lead-free alloy) frame. Each harp is hand tuned and packaged in a poly bag with a history and instruction sheet.