Toy hot air balloon
145 mm (height)
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
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A metal toy hot air balloon. The toy comprises a red painted metal basket in which stands a figure of a man in a blue jacket and black hat, possibly a sailor. His arms move up and down and one arm extends to form a rod to which is attached a half of a union jack flag. This may have been broken at some point as there is a piece of Sellotape stuck to it. Extending from the basket are eight metal rods in four groups of two. Attached to these is a green metal sphere, with a dark blue mesh type design and gold band of paint around the top. The sphere, which appears to have originally been soldered together, has come apart exposing a mechanism inside. This is a circular container which has a rotating wheel inside, Attached to this is a green cord which is threaded through a hole in the bottom of the sphere. The container has another brown coloured cord which is also wound around a rotating wheel and is threaded through the top of the sphere. The balloon is possibly designed to move up and down the thread by this mechanism. Two parts of the Union Jack flag have broken off from the original one. There are several manufacturers' marks on the bottom and top of the sphere. Total number of items is 4.
Marks and inscriptions
On the top of the sphere, a blue logo and text: 'ER/ Make/ FABRIK' On the bottom of the sphere, in blue text: 'D.R.GEBR.M ENGL. PATENT/ MADE IN GERMANY'