Soldier, sailor and postman whirligigs

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Date:1875 - 1925 (c.)

Description:These three whirligigs - a sailor, a soldier and a postman, are British and date from the early 20th century. The term 'whirligig' comes from 'gig', meaning a whipping top, and can be used to describe any spinning or whirling toy.


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Postman whirligig - detail of head
Postman whirligig - detail of head

This whirligig, a postman, is made of polychrome pine, with metal shoulder joints. ...

Soldier whirligig
Soldier whirligig

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Pony and trap whirligig
Pony and trap whirligig

This whirligig is in the form of a man and woman sitting in a horse-drawn trap. ...

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Source: Compton Verney House Trust

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