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The Georgian 'Toy shop'

These objects represent the type of work available in a ‘toy-shop’ of the early Georgian period. These shops did not supply children’s playthings but small precious items, ranging in value from only a few shillings for a buckle or comb to several guineas for a gold or jewelled snuff box. Frederick, Prince of Wales is known to have frequented a number of these toy-shops in London and Bath, spending as much as £700 in a single visit.

Probably Chelsea Porcelain Works [London] (c. 1745-69)


'Girl-in-a-Swing' factory, Charles Gouyn, London (c. 1745-69)