Made in China. Available from Gollnest & Kiesel KG, Güster, Germany. It was sold as a collectors and nostalgia item rather than as a toy for children.
Wind up the clockwork motor and the water winder keeps swimming until the mechanism winds down.
Made in China. A good quality pack of cards complete with two jokers. Found in a Christmas cracker purchased in 2010.
This was a gift from Tim Rowett to John Davenport at James Dalgety’s Puzzle Party in 2001.
Changing colour LEDs light up the fish when it is activated by contact with water. Supplied by www.thinkgadgets.co.uk.
This is a reproduction of a Victorian Sand Toy. The clown performs acrobatic feats, powered by a mill turned by hand. Tobar Limited, Norfolk, England.
This well known toy consists of six blocks of wood taped together in a special way. The instructions on the packaging explain how to have fun and watch a block apparently flip from the top of the ladder all the way down to the bottom. Made by John Millman, Great Britain.
To make the Smiley face bounce, push it down until the suction pad sticks to the black base, then place it on a table. When the suction pad finally breaks free, the whole item flies up into the air at least 500mm.
This is unusual. To power up the rat you pull a thread which comes out of the back of the rat. This winds up a rubber band inside the body. When the thread is released the rubber band drives a roller which takes the rat forward.
When the lid is hinged open, a spring loaded figure pops up. Handmade by Jack in the Box Company, Melton Constable, Norfolk.