Toys (2001 guide)

Please note that this guide has not been fundamentally changed from the original print version of the Finds Recording Guide (Geake 2001), written when the database contained just 8,800 non-numismatic records.

Introduction

Follow the guidance given in Egan 1988. Don’t use the word ‘petronel’ as it isn’t specific enough. A separate guide may be consulted specifically for ‘hornbooks‘.

PAS Object type to be used

Use TOY

PAS object classification to be used

Use hornbook in the Classification field, as applicable

Date

Most toys recorded by the PAS date from the post-medieval period (Egan 1988; Forsyth with Egan 2005), or even later.  Medieval toys, however, are increasingly documented (Egan 1998, 281-283)

Examples

Toys: Medieval to post-medieval toy cauldron (top left, LVPL-BED0BC); post-medieval whirligig (top centre, YORYM-03FDCA); post-medieval cannon with carriage (top right, SOM-D20D91); post-medieval male figure (centre, SOM-CA72E2); post-medieval toy pistol (bottom, SOM-2A3937). Copyright: National Museums Liverpool; York Museums Trust; Somerset County Council; The Portable Antiquities Scheme; CC-BY-SA licence)
Toys: Medieval to post-medieval toy cauldron (top left, LVPL-BED0BC); post-medieval whirligig (top centre, YORYM-03FDCA); post-medieval cannon with carriage (top right, SOM-D20D91); post-medieval male figure (centre, SOM-CA72E2); post-medieval toy pistol (bottom, SOM-2A3937). Copyright: National Museums Liverpool; York Museums Trust; Somerset County Council; The Portable Antiquities Scheme; CC-BY-SA licence)

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Key references

Egan 1988

Forsyth with Egan 2005

Egan 1998