My son and I had only been collecting German toys for a few years when my mother called from Iowa saying my uncle had a few items from my grandfather he found in his basement, and on her next visit to Ohio she brought them along. You can imagine my surprise when she pulled the dappled wooden horse on wheels with tin wagon out of the trunk! Measuring three feet long, I immediately put it on my fireplace mantle where it's remained ever since. For my son, Benjamin, it was the start of his journey in search of ANIMALS ON WHEELS!
Every animal pull toy collection needs to include the requisite sheep, goat and cow . . . and this sheep is a fantastic 12" high and 20" long! (Note the wheels are inset into the platform. This indicates a much older pull toy from the late 1800s.)
The anatomically correct cow is also a fine large example 11" tall with inset wheels and, as most others, also has a voice box.
Here is the rest of the herd!
The largest goat standing 15" tall . . .
And two nice examples of slightly smaller goats.
My son now has a collection of well over 30 wheeled animals. The challenge is now finding examples seldom found on wheels.
As with any other antique, the thrill is in the hunt!
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