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tin toy

L200xW90xH180mm, China

In support for this Saturday’s Harbourfront Bike Ride, hope we will get a harbourfront cycleway soon!

For more details about the event visit:
http://harbourfrontcycleway.hk/hfbr6

tin toy

 

W50xL130xH40mm, China

An orange mouse that has probably had a feast of carrots.

To see our other tin toys, click here.

Tin ToyW110xL100xH60mm, China

The WWII Avenger Airplane?  What do you think?

W50xL120xH50mm, China

Its really a surprise to find this tin toy, it is intriguing in a couple of sense.  First, thought China has been a major manufacturer or tin toy since the 1920s, the design of the toy has broadly based on the original western themes (robots, cars, ships, objects which for the Chinese would have been deemed western).  This toy, a lion, has departed from the normal tin toy design.  For those who has seen a lion (photo, on telly, zoo or safari) would have said that this look at best a silly green monster and nothing like a lion at all.  This however has all the features a Chinese lion would have.

Now for the second surprise; there are no lions in China (not naturally there).  The idea of lion come together with Buddhism as an animal of power, the lion is as mythical as the kirin.  Since there are no lions, the Chinese do not see it as a predictor but as a protector against evil.  They can be seen guarding the front doors, on the ridge of a building, lion dances for New Year.  So fond of it that the male lion will normally been given a xiu qiu to play with.

W70xL160xH60mm, China

For something much lighter today is a tin toy of a carp swallowing a smaller fish.  Wind it up and you will see the carp chasing the other fish which finally disappear altogether inside the bigger fish.

Something of a similar theme, see out post fish bag.

L230mm, China

Tin toy of the Zeppelin air ship.  Tin toy was introduced into China at the turn of the century and by the 20s China has started producing tin toy.  As they are durable and cheap they became the toy for many generations.

H120xL120xW30mm, China

Tin toy was introduced into China at the turn of the century and by the 20s China has started producing tin toy.  As they are durable and cheap they became the toy for many generations.  The name tin toy came from the fact that it is made from thin sheets of steel plated tin which are then painted over.  This windup toy of a boy and a dog, this is chosen for the blog because it resemble my dog spike!