Here is my German Gottschalk Butcher Shop. I've included it for one of my new Blog friends who likes such things. These detailed and graphic toys were certainly different from any you would find today for little girls to play with but then many of these toys then were "teaching" toys designed to instruct little girls for life's work ahead. This is one of my favorite pieces.
I've added the magic lantern slides to the top ridge of the shop and they depict a particularly charming and quaint old town that is most certainly right outside the door of this equally charming butcher shop. The butcher himself was a treat I bought myself while in England. He has that "butcher" look about him and of course he is wearing the striped apron of his trade. There is a sad looking stray dog watching patiently and hoping for a handout when the butcher gets to chopping the meat.
Everything is old except the butcher and a few of the sausages on the counter. The bluish colored chopping block is a "mystery" piece. I can't decide if it is actually old or just made to look aged but I thought it fit nicely in here.
Enjoy and WELCOME to my new blog followers! I look forward to checking out your sites as well!