TOY STO­RIES

The vin­tage de­lights of Ben­jamin Pol­lock’s mag­i­cal minia­tures

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All man­ner of re­tired toys, from thread­bare ted­dies to china dolls with flow­ing locks of real hair, can be found crammed into the Lil­liputian Pol­lock’s Toy Mu­seum in Fitzrovia. How­ever, it’s best known as the home of the toy theatre, and there’s an out­stand­ing se­lec­tion of framed ex­am­ples on show, many of them pro­duced by Ben­jamin Pol­lock, the 19th-cen­tury printer who de­voted him­self to mak­ing minia­ture repli­cas of West End pro­duc­tions. Those han­ker­ing af­ter a con­tem­po­rary ex­am­ple should head to Pol­lock’s Toyshop in Covent Gar­den – its many trea­sures in­clude a brand-new ver­sion of Hansel & Gre­tel, de­signed by Clive Hicks-jenk­ins. cg Pol­lock’s Toy Mu­seum is at 1 Scala Street, Lon­don W1 (www.pol­lock­stoys.com); Ben­jamin Pol­lock’s Toyshop is at 44, The Mar­ket, Lon­don WC2 (www. pol­locks-covent­gar­den.co.uk).

model theatre (far right), £45; wooden blocks (cen­tre right; sold in a gift set), £30, both ben­jamin pol­lock’s toyshop pa­per pup­pets (near left and bot­tom left), £7.95 each; hansel & gre­tel toy theatre (far left), £8.95, both ben­jamin pol­lock’s toyshop

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