EYÜP SULTAN TOYS
Eyüp toys can be traced back to the 18th century. Due to the development of mass production in the 20th century, plastic and derivative toys took the place of toys which were made of natural materials. Before then the city of Eyüp was the center of toy production in Turkey. Children in Istanbul are generally taken to Eyüp during their circumcision, and they are allowed to choose toys on their return. Toys were distributed from Eyüp to many districts in Anatolia. The word “toys” evokes memories of Eyüp city. Among Eyüp toys, there are many different kinds: colorful jars attached with mirror pieces; pitchers; glasses; one-span wide tambourines with tin bells; one-span wide drums; mecidiye sized (approx. 2 cm) wheeled cars; mini tabors; drums which have handles; mini cradles and swings; whirligigs; kursak whistles (craw whistle); havan; tumblers; şak şak; mini tubs for butter; red-haired sheep and lambs; wooden boats; sultan’s caiques; painted mirrors; minarets with two or three galleries; wooden swords; pin wheels; reed rifles; wheels with whistles; grasshoppers; earthen jars; cradles with mirrors; bows; bagpipes; ferris wheels; painted balloons made of bamboo; and wooden tractors.
Referance: Assoc. Phd. Tosun YALÇINKAYA
Some selected examples (please click on pictures to enlarge):