Tinplate Piranha wind-up toy
Made in India and imported to the UK by House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey, Devon. This is one of a series of nostalgia tin toys. The description of the toy on a website is quite true: ‘Our most terrifying tin toy, the Piranha! This little monster fish runs wild when you wind him up. Our very ugly red eyed fish tin toy flips his black “fins” to roll randomly on any surface. Give the piranha some space, because you will never know where he will go. Guaranteed to surprise and scare your family and friends.’ John Davenport was keen to add one of these to the Davenport Collection because it has the same motion as a novelty sold in its thousands by Davenports in the 1930s.