Antique and Vintage Wind-Up Toys – A Delight For All Ages
Meet West End Antique Mall’s Richard Brezner and enter his magical world of whirling, twirling, dancing and prancing wind-up toys. Read on and then scroll down to see Richard’s toys in action!
Richard’s passion for collecting sprang from a childhood heavy with family game nights, but light on play-things for tinkering. His love of gizmos, graphics, colors, and nostalgia inspired a passion for the simple joys in life, which, for him, is his collection of wind-up tin toys and turn-of-the-century magic posters.
Richard’s showcase at West End Antiques Mall is packed full of fun. His globetrotting has afforded him the opportunity to collect wind-up toys from Germany, Japan, Britain and the US, from makers like Gunthermann, Lehmann, Schuco, Marx and others.
Have a look at Richard’s little follies whirling, twirling, prancing and dancing. We guarantee you’ll wind-up smiling.
You can join Richard to learn about the collecting, and the history of wind-up toys at his Wind-Up Happy: Tin Wind-Up Toys from the 1890s to the 1960s presentation in conjunction with the Virginia Historical Society’s, Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s exhibition. Visit the VHS through December 31 and reminisce on the sheer fun of being a kid. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.