Monday, January 19, 2009

Every Little Bit Helps!

When it comes to the history of
spool knitters, what
little information or scrap of paper
or even dilapidated piece of
cardboard box - no matter how
insignificant it may seem to some -
can be very important.

I found a box top which luckily
someone thought might be needed.
I am amazed that it wasn't tossed out.
Then again some would be amazed that
someone else would pay money for
something like this! .....
badly stained,
extremely old,
and very little to it but
surprisingly it would have
been quite a large boxed set.

Kindergarten Gems for the Little Tots -
by Milton Bradley Co. Springfield, Mass.
Number 4244.
This is a set which involved sewing cards as
well as a "toy knitter".

A little while ago I posted about a trade card from
Milton Bradley dated 1879
which had a similar illustration to the
one pictured here on the underneath of
the box top.

Look closely at each diagram of
the spool knitter and you
will see they differ slightly in shape.
Even though there is no date, I would
say that this set would have been from around
the same time as the trade card at 1879.
(Sorry it is not the best of photos.)

I would love to hear from anyone who
knows anything about this set - they
may have seen one or might have one
But really it is a wonder that this
had survived at all.



strick_else said...

I have googled around a bit and found an interesting link:
about the history of Milton Bradley- you probaly know it.

crazyhaberdasher said...

Thanks so much strick_else! ..... I had seen it but didn't bookmark it.
Now I have it and will read it thoroughly. Thanks again!