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Toy Rifle, Winchester Saddle Gun

Identifier:
2018.26.8
Description:
The Official Winchester Saddle Gun was made by Matell in 1959. It is 33 inches long with a die cast barrel, hammer, trigger switch and cap mechanism. It states on top "use perforated roll caps only". Westerns were extremely popular on television in the 1950's and every boy wanted a realistic looking and sounding gun for a toy. 
Materials:
Plastic, Metal
Source:
Gift of Vicki Burghdoff
Exhibit/Program
Toys! (2018 – 2019)
The Grand Rapids Public Museum will present an interactive, multi-generational exhibition of toys and games sure to rekindle childhood memories and spark the creation of new ones.  This GRPM original exhibit will feature toys and games from the museum’s collections in meticulously crafted displays representing childhood in different eras.
Makers/Donors
Mattel Inc
Mattel is an American company founded in El Segundo, California in January 1945 by founders Harold Matson and Elliot Handler. They produce toys for infants and children including Barbie, Matchbox cars, American Girl dolls, and many others.  Since their founding, Mattel has purchased other toy companies including Fisher-Price and Tyco Toys, and collaborates with others such as Disney, making it one of the most successful and revenue producing toy companies in American history. 

Winchester Arms Company

Vicki Burghdoff