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German flat tin or lead toy from 18BC27. The earliest ”flat” toys were soldiers made in Germany of pressed tin from the 1730s onward. One of the most prolific firms was that of Ernst Heinrichsen, who began business in 1839 (O’Neill 1988:244).German flat tin or lead toy from 18BC27. The earliest ”flat” toys were soldiers made in Germany of pressed tin from the 1730s onward. One of the most prolific firms was that of Ernst Heinrichsen, who began business in 1839 (O’Neill 1988:244).

Site: 18BC27 Federal Reserve Site

Context: Feature 30 Privy, c. 1850 - 1870 home of Nathan Mansfield family

Site Date Range: c. 1770-1930

Materials: Lead or tin?

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Description: German flat tin or lead toy

History: The earliest ”flat” toys were soldiers  made in Germany of pressed tin from the 1730s onward.  One of the most prolific firms was that of Ernst Heinrichsen, who began business in 1839 (O’Neill 1988:244).