Crandall’s Building Blocks

Block, Building

Accession Number: 2017.2

Description: Finger-jointed wooden box with sliding lid, paper labeled glued to top of lid, "CRANDALL'S IMPROVED BUILDING BLOCKS FOR CHILDREN/PATENTED JANUARY 5TH 1867/1 PLAIN"; box contains seventy-two (72) 1.75 x 3" flat wooden blocks with finger joints cut into the short sides, forty-six (46) .75 x 3" blocks of similar design, two (2) rectangular blocks with two grooves cut into both long sides, one turned wooden "turret" piece; and two blocks that apear to come from a different set, a 5 x 1.25" flat block with four grooves cut down one side and a turned piece shaped like a clothespin with finger joints cut into each tip; an inventory dated December 1871 is penciled inside the lid and lists 72 large blocks, 48 small blocks, 4 "turrets", 4 "steeples", and 2 "grooved pieces."

Height: 3.75

Width: 6.25

Depth: 10

Date Made: 1871

Maker: Crandall, Charles M.

Place of Origin: Montrose, Pennsylvania

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2017.2.

Subjects: Kindergartens Blind children Education of disabled persons Educational toys

Dimension Notes: overall

Made: Crandall, Charles M.

Material: Wood

Updated: 06/08/2017