Kids of all ages will be able to relive their childhood through our extensive toy collection from around the globe.
More than 20,000 objects are in the collection ranging from ancient Egyptian marbles to modern favourites like Barbie, Star Wars and Dr Who toys.
Highlights include an extensive doll collection featuring:
- Pierotti portrait dolls of the British royal family from the early 1900s
- an 18th century wax doll in its original clothing
- Bébé Jumeau dolls and German bisque dolls from the late 19th century until the 1920s.
We hold over 500 types of dolls from the 19th and 20th centuries and some important doll’s houses, of different architectural styles and ages.
The playthings range from brand new box-fresh products to threadbare and much-loved children’s favourites.
We have a fine selection of 19th century German constructional toys and their more modern Lego and Meccano equivalents plus toy and model trains including a rare German push-along train dating from 1845, early steam trains and Hornby classics.
The toy collection also features an excellent collection of mechanical toys from the late 19th century including examples of mechanical bugs by Lehmann as well as a lovely mechanical engine and circular saw powered by steam.
Another fascinating object is a German Noah’s Ark decorated with coloured straw from the 1850s.
We have Victorian toys for teaching children their ABC, counting, geography, botany and skills as well as teddies from the early 1900s including some rare Steiff bears.
The collection also includes a large library of books about toy making, history and collecting for reference.
The toy collection features an excellent collection of mechanical toys from the late 19th century including examples of mechanical bugs by Lehmann as well as a lovely mechanical engine and circular saw powered by steam.