Model of the Cat and Fiddle, Hinton and painting on an
artist's pallette both signed J Lines.
Joseph Lines was co-founder and main driving force of G and J Lines Ltd, whose sons
went on to form the Traing toy company which in the 1950s
was the world's largest toy maker.
Joseph passed away in 1932 and these items are believed to have come from a house in the New Forest
associated with him.
The base of the model is on hardboard, which can be possibly dated as early as 1900, wasn't in widespread use
until after 1929, the probablity is that they were made sometime between 1929 and 1932.
The model features a light bulb inside the building (not currently working) to light up the windows, a background forest scene
and trees to one side.
This charming public house was presumably a favourite of
Joseph and is still standing today with it's original
fascade, although added to at the rear, as it's now a
Harvester. Situated in the village of Hinton on the A35, it is one
of a number of public houses that make the new Forest such a
popular holiday destination.
Model in glass case measures
Width 18" Depth 8" Height 7"
G&J Lines operated from 1850-1931 initially in the busy King's
Cross area of London. They became Victorian England's largest
rocking horse maker, yet maintained the highest qualities of
workmanship and carving. G&J stands for the founding brothers,
George and Joseph Lines
Prior to 1914 they operated five scattered workshops across
London. The brackets usually have been stamped on the underside,
with J&G being stamped on a slightly different model with a thicker
neck to those stamped G&J.
Lines Bros was a company formed after World War 1 by the
sons of George and Walter Lines, it eventually absorbed the
parent company and became Triang, for a time the world's
largest toy company.
To purchase or find out more about this horse, please contact Sally,
either by email or phone on the links on the footer, or better still,
visit our showroom in the scenic Shropshire Hills, we would be delighted
to see you.