Children no doubt spent hours playing with this Erzgebirge zoo, circa 1850s.The buildings (cages) are constructed out of thin wood and hand painted. Again, beautiful pieces of folk art. There are little metal hooks at the front of the cages on which the wild animals were to have been tied. The elephant would have also had a thin chain around his neck. There would have been several more buildings, wild animals, trees and male figures to tend to the animals originally as a part of this set. I feel very lucky to have found these pieces as, again, these play sets received a lot of hard play and, thus, are extremely hard to find today.
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