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Clinker Toy construction set

Construction toy with packaging, 'Clinker Toy' No.1, wood, made by George T Irving, Caulfield South, Victoria, Australia, 1950s The 'Clinker Toy' is a construction set which comprises a series of pink and green coloured wooden spools and plain sticks or dowels of various lengths. The spools are 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and every 45 or 90 degrees around their perimeters the spools are drilled with holes that do not go all the way through. The pink spools have 8 holes around the perimeter and the green spools 4 holes. The spools also have a central hole. The spools, sticks and a one-page instruction leaflet fit into the original packaging comprising a cardboard 'mailing tube' with a cardboard top which fits like a sleeve over the top section of the tube. Some of the models illustrated in the instruction leaflet included a windmill, clock, chair, bridge, dog and crane. A paper cover around the packing cylinder advises that the No.1 container comprises, eight 11 inch sticks, eight 7½ inch sticks, eight 5 inch sticks, eight 3½ inch sticks, five 2 inch sticks, five 1½ inch sticks, one 4½ inch pointed stick, two 1½ inch pointed sticks, seven 4 hole wheels, eight 8 hole wheels and a sheet of models.

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