21978 | Rooster

About 1860, 19th century
Wood; paint; metal
24 x 10.7 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

The Victorians, including the Jack family, were great proponents of toys for education and entertainment. Enthralled by technology and mechanical devices, parents provided their children with instructional books and puzzles to encourage curiosity. As new technologies developed, toys became increasingly complex. The new materials and production methods also led to an increase in reasonably priced toys, making them available to a wider segment of the population. William (1811-86) and Emma Jack (1825-95) were both creative and original about providing their eleven children with toys. This brightly coloured push-toy rooster houses a squawker in its base to provide an auditory as well as a visual experience.

  • What

    Painted papier-mâché and imitation wood graining were used in the manufacture of this toy.

  • Where

    During the Victorian era young children were often cared for by a nanny or nursemaid in the nursery.

  • When

    This toy entered the collection of the New Brunswick Museum in 1934 after the death of Helen Ramsay Jack (1861-1934), Fanny Jack's younger sister.

  • Who

    This toy probably belonged to William Arthur Jack (1859-1926), Fanny Jack's (1854-1913) younger brother.