Wooden toys, tin toys, paper theatres, games and picture books, construction kits and dolls – they all had the power to delight the children of Basel’s well-to-do burghers. Imported goods, especially from the major German toy-making centres, continued to dominate the offering in Basel right up to the early 20th century. Exhibited alongside these are some charming objects made somewhat later by Swiss producers as well as a few hand-made items. The collection concentrates on toys belonging to families in Basel. With its dolls’ houses, kitchens and shops, it makes an interesting addition to the show of domestic life in Basel in the 18th and 19th century. The collection derives its quality from the large number of very old and rare toys dating from the 18th and 19th century.
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