Painted Wood Stacking Toy c1940s

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A handsome predecessor to that old Fischer-Price plastic stacking toy Bob and I remember so well, from way back when our kids were toddlers. This beautifully made toy is composed of turned, painted wood rings stacked on an unpainted dowel. It displays magnificently, has an impressive presence and, to us, qualifies as folk art. Looks wonderful on a mantle or tucked next to some vintage books on a shelf.

The piece stands 11 ½” high and is about 3 3/8” wide at its widest point. It has 19 original rings in graduated size and a teardrop finial. The finial unscrews from the central dowel and the rings all come off, to be resorted by size and placed back on the dowel. The rings are painted in subdued tones of apple green, brick red, forest green and tan. The base is painted black and the finial is a bright red. The rings are in their original paint, but we think the finial might have been repainted. It is redder and less matte than the red paint on the rings.

For generations, stacking toys have been a staple among educational toys for babies and tots. The stacking toy helps develop eye and fine motor coordination. It also aids in the development of the ability to categorize by size and color. Modern stacking toys are usually made of plastic and non-toxic colors. This earlier toy, judging from its age, may have paint that could contain lead. We strongly encourage that this toy not be used by children, but used as an interesting decorative accessory for your home.

Home Farm Antiques
Bolton Landing, New York
(518) 644-2845