Toying about in the garden
This 1950s model of a garden tea party has several parts: a toy cast-iron table with an orange plastic umbrella, four yellow cast-iron chairs and two pairs of girls and boys. The set's original box survives.
The full-size version of this furniture was made in a type of woven basketwork known as the Lloyd Loom style. It was painted and varnished to make it waterproof. The pieces were manufactured under the Utility Scheme which produced many inexpensive and functional products. The British government introduced the scheme while rationing was in force during and after the Second World War. The Lloyd Loom style became popular and was used throughout the 1950s.
Crescent Toy Company
The miniature set was manufactured by the Crescent Toy Company. They were based at 6-8 Fountayne Road, South Tottenham. At the time London was a large centre for toy manufacturing. The company specialised in making cast-metal toys, including novelty and educational items. Typical products were farm and zoo animals, farm implements, soldiers, cowboys, Indians and railway accessories. They also supplied the US and Canadian market throughout the 1950s.
Museum number 74.370/271