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Liturgical toys

  • Place of origin:

    France (manufactured)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pewter and glass

  • Museum number:

    B.100:1 to 12-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This is a set of liturgical toys which would have been played with by a child in the early 20th century. They would have been created for role play of Christian mass, encouraging devotion in children. They also represent what was then a weekly feature of children's lives, attending mass, giving them the opportunity to take on an adult role. These objects moulded from pewter are particularly detailed, although they are not to scale, as the tabernacle is far too small by comparison to the paten; the chalice for wine is also missing from the set. Liturgical toys are quite unusual nowadays, with religion mostly represented in toys through churches in wedding sets.

  • Descriptive line

    A set of children's liturgical toys in pewter and glass, France, early 20th century

  • Production Type and Product Note

    Mass produced

  • Collection code

    Museum of Childhood