period toys & instruments

Thumb Piano - Large

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.

Hand Drum

To activate the flying beads, twirl the stick with one hand or in-between your palms. This instrument is a traditional noisemaker from Africa and other parts of the world. Its universal appeal may be tracked to the simple way it is played. The beads on the strings act as the drumsticks and generate a perfect drum roll with a constant spin of the drum. Approx. size 10 x 3 inches.

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.


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