FARM WAGON PULLED BY A TEAM OF HORSES

Toy farm wagon pulled by a team of horses.
Toy farm wagon pulled by a team of horses.

Maker: Unknown.
Origin: Found in Maryland.
Circa: 1930-1940.
Materials: Painted wood horses, wagon and wheels with metal rims.
Size:  32” w x 9 1/2” d x 14”h.

This wooden farm pull toy rolls across the floor when pulled forward. At some point, a piece of wood was attached to the horses’ feet to protect the delicate legs, and prevent breakage. Materials used in the construction include plywood, pine wood, thin aluminium metal, miscellaneous metal fasteners, and small aluminium chains. The maker was obviously familiar with farm wagon design and construction, and knew how to harness and hitch a team of horses to a wagon.

Photograph of a similar horse drawn farm wagon with a green wood box body and red wheels.
Photograph of a similar horse drawn farm wagon with a green wood box body and red wheels.

Farmers and farm hands created toy replicas of horse drawn equipment they used to work the farm. Who was better qualified to preserve our material culture than people who actually experienced it? This is an example of agricultural preservation in the form of a child’s toy.

Back view of wagon and team, that shows the metal wagon rims and wagon box supports.

Back view of wagon and team, that shows the metal wagon rims and wagon box supports.