There is a definite feeling of Spring about this farm set.
There are cows, sheep, geese ducks and chickens, as well as some larger pieces of scenery, that can be used to create your own farmyard in miniature.
All together there are twelve pieces of varying sizes. They are made from 0.5 ply wood, fixed to 2mm square pine baton, and they stand very well on a level surface.
The images are printed on high quality, acid free paper, which has been lightly varnished, for added durability.
The box is made to a traditional toy box design – the sides are constructed from 0.8mm ply and the top and bottom of the box are made from 2mm card.
It is hinged with silk and is covered in paper. As well a picture on the top, there are also two scenes of the countryside inside. All the pictures have been lightly varnished.
The box is designed so that it will stay shut when it is closed. With use, the wood on the catch will wear smooth – a tiny amount of water carefully applied to the wood will bring back the grain.
The box is 1 and 5/16th inches long x 15/16th of an inch x 9/16th of an inch deep.
(Approximately 3.4cm x 2.4cm x 1.4cm)
The pieces vary in size – the largest are just over 1 inch (2.5cm) long – and they all fit in the box. (I find it easiest to stack the large pieces together and then put the smaller pieces on top).
I used part of a cardboard farm set as the basis of this miniature wooden version. The original was printed in the late 1890s and was probably produced by Raphael Tuck and Sons.
The box is entirely my own creation, but it is based on the boxes used by toy manufacturers in the late 1800s.
This miniature farm set contains very small pieces.
It is not a “toy” – it is a “collector’s item”