A metal puzzle


Was this an Edwardian way of keeping youngsters quiet? The item shown below is said to be a metal puzzle so we assume the two parts come apart. But nobody who has tried (in recent years) has succeded. It’s probably easy once you know how…..

Not an instrument of torture, but a child's metal puzzle at market Lavington Museum

This puzzle belonged to a lad called James Welch. James was born in about 1889 in Market Lavington so one imagines this toy must date from the very early years of the twentieth century. James was born into quite a well-to-do family. They owned numerous properties in the village  so no doubt he had something of a privileged childhood – but he still was expected to play with this toy.

James was injured in the first world war and returned with a walking difficulty. He married and amongst his children was one known as Peggy who became the founder of the museum as Peggy Gye.

James Welch, who owned the puzzle, with his daughter, Peggy Gye

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