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A LOCAL family has donated a wooden wheeled horse made 103 years ago and a cart from the 1940s to Denia toy museum – along with a picture of the young owner, who is still alive and well.
The Bas Perelló family – from Jávea and Dénia respectively – say both were made in the latter town, which had a thriving toymanufacturing industry in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Bartolomé Bas Segarra says the wheeled horse, a very expensive model at the time, was bought by a wealthy family of bakers in Jávea for their son, but the child was admitted to Alicante's Santa Faz psychiatric hospital and it changed hands.
It was then owned by Bartolomé's father, who is four years old in the 1926 photograph the family has published, and is now aged 95.
Although greatly deterio- rated, local expert Josepa Padín Devesa has been given the job of restoring it.
The toy cart, however, now over 70 years old, is in a perfect condition.
It used to be 'pulled' by a pair of cardboard horses which are already in the museum.
They were all designed by the Dénia factory owned by resident Luis Romans, but manufactured in workshops in Pego.
Museum managers say the cart has been picked as 'exhibit of the year'.