Cup and ball

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Postcard of Cup and ball.
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Cup and ball

This wooden cup and ball is a home-made toy. It dates from between 1845 and 1847.

The ball is fastened by string to a stick with a shallow cup at one end.

The children of working-class families relied for play on home-made toys and street games. As the 19th century went on, better-off children had access to an increasing range of toys and books.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-677-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NS 98
Date: 1845 - 1847
Between 1845 and 1847
Material: Wood, yellow varnished; wood, dark varnished; string
Dimensions: Ball 40 mm D; ball and cup 235 mm L
What: Toy, cup and ball
Subject: Sports (NMAS Classification)
Description: Cup and ball toy consisting of a yellow varnished wooden ball fastened by string to a moulded dark varnished wooden stick with a shallow cup at one end, made by the donor's father, 1845 - 1847
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