Mechanical toys have entertained people since the 4th Century B.C. the first modern wind-up toys were made in Europe during the 15th century for wealthy aristocrats.
It wasn’t until the late 19th century, that cheaper massed produced tin wind-up toys were made widely available to children. For decades these mechanical toys delighted and enthralled children.
After World War Two, plastic and electric toys became more popular and in the 1960s, the invention of cheap alkaline batteries sounded the death knell for wind-up toys. However, wind-up toys remain popular among collectors – and baby boomers looking to recapture their childhood.