The Welsh Sale

Sat 05 December 2020, 10:00 AM - Cardiff Saleroom, South Wales

Lot 8

A RARE PAIR OF CARVED & PAINTED STORY-TELLING PADDLES BY VALE OF CLWYD TOYS circa 1915, depicting a lady in Welsh hat and shawl with umbrella in the wind and depicting the `Ladies of Llangollen`, both carved within flat plywood roundels and with separate handles, stamped verso `Vale of Clwyd Toys`, 23.5cms diam¦Provenance: Carmarthen area, has been in the possession of the same Welsh family for several decades, please see (National Library of Wales)¦Auctioneer`s Note: made by the Vale of Clwyd Toy Factory in Trefnant which began as a cottage industry in 1909 by Mary Heaton, providing employment and interest to working men in the evening. She was then able to recruit by means of a County Technical Committee grant, the help of Edward Jones, the local wood carver of Trefnant, joining the project as a teacher. They then began to sell toys and the profits were shared amongst the workers. From then Mary Heaton developed the project further, extending the classes and opportunity to unemployed men who had been incapacitated from ill-health and from other causes including wounded World War 1 soldiers. The toys were sold in several outlets around Wales and in England, they were also exported to Patagonia and other regions of the world including through agents in Buenos Ayres.¦Condition Report: in remarkably good condition, a small split in one but both stable and solid, no other cracks chips or significant staining and with very fresh paint work, lovely rare examples of ethical Welsh toys with an interesting social history relating to Denbighshire ¦

Guide price
£100 - £150

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