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Peacock Boxes 2 BCD House Party DSC08462

Peacock Boxes 2 BCD House Party DSC08462
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A BCD member giving the first of several lectures at the BCD 2017 House Party, 'Boxes of Peacock Puzzles'. He is the great great grandson of William Peacock, 3 Adelaide Terrace Dame St London, who specialised in educational wooden puzzles between 1860-1910. These were often double sided with a map on one side and images of kings and queens on the other. The early puzzles were presented in wooden boxes with sliding lids with beautiful artwork on the outside. The hardwood blanks were usually cut to a set pattern with interlocking edges and following the county boundaries inside.

From about 1910 and during WW1 wood was becoming more expensive and cardboard boxes were introduced. The elegant gold-embossed mock-crocodile boxes feature the 'toys to teach' peacock crest. Playtime was a push-fit range.
The soft toys and children's blocks are also branded Peacock.

Peacock were also acting as a jigsaw contract manufacturer for other retailers such as Selfridges, Gamages, Boots, Schoolbred etc. The puzzles can be recognised by their cuts, the boxes and terminology on the labels ("latest society craze"). Peacock's ranges included Toys to Teach and Playtime. In 1931 Peacock became part of Chad Valley, and the plain cardboard boxes were used up by the new owner.
Date: 2017-02-24 07:02:55

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