Antique Swiss Davos Hickory & Iron Bentwood Snow Sled
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Directory: Archives: Collectibles: Toys: Pre 1900: Item # 414422
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This delightful Swiss-made Davos bentwood sled / toboggan is a Pilz model, probably of hickory and iron. One of the first sleds created for use when seated, rather than lying face-down, it's of a type produced originally in the 1860s for competitive racing at St. Moritz. Variations of it are still produced today in oak and steel. In very good condition - sturdy and intact and beautiful - it would make a great coffee table (just add glass), a super showcase for dolls or other toys or a spectacular hanging display in a lodge or cabin. You could of course use it for its intended purpose, too.
The leash, an uncommonly soft sort of rope, and the early black plastic handle could be original, but it's impossible to be sure. Probable dating is Victorian (circa 1870-1900), size is about 31" x 14" x 9" and provenance is an English estate via a dealer near Cambridge.
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