This German papier-mache squeak toy was indeed a present for a little boy. The handwritten label glued to the bottom says it was a gift to Elias Smith Noel when he was about five years old. It gives his birth date as May 1st, 1850, in Derry Township, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, which dates the toy to 1855. Hard to believe these early toys were really meant to be played with because today they are only put on a shelf to be admired and handled carefully. So seldom to know the history of a piece.
Welcome to Living Tastefully’s “Antique of the Week” page. Our love of antiques is reflected in every aspect of our everyday lives. We are passionate about collecting and also love functional antiques that can actually be used and not only admired. Hopefully we can inspire you to incorporate antiques in your home and your life to add charm and beauty to your surroundings.