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85/2560-12 Toy car, part of collection (1 of 36), limousine, Mercedes, metal, made by Carette & Co, Nuremberg, Germany, 1911. Click to enlarge.

Toy car by Carette & Co

This large toy limousine is made by the famous toy manufacturer, George Carette & Co, in Nuremberg, Germany, and dates from about 1911. It is a very well proportioned and carefully represented version of the type of expensive, luxurious full-size automobiles made during the first decade of the twentieth century. At this time the motorist had a choice of the finest handmade cars ever built with bodywork produced to the customer's individual requirements. This type of vehicle was used for both …


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Object Statement

Toy car, part of collection (1 of 36), limousine, Mercedes, metal, made by Carette & Co, Nuremberg, Germany, 1911

Physical Description

Toy car, semi-enclosed limousine, [Mercedes], metal, made by George Carette & Co, Nuremberg, Germany, 1911

This toy car is a chauffeur-driven vehicle with a semi-enclosed limousine body style typical of the Edwardian period. The driver is in a separate open compartment and has no door. He wears a uniform with a cap and has a moustache. The car is made of pressed-mild steel, and is finished in green with black and white fine lining, with red-edged windows. The car has glass in the windscreen but not in the passenger compartment area. It also features a cast metal luggage rack on the roof, opening doors into the passenger compartment and artillery-style wheels. One of the nickel-plated side lamps by the front windscreen is missing together with the pair of acetylene-style headlamps and the outside handbrake next to the driver. It is thought that the car represented is a Mercedes.


No marks.



220 mm


180 mm

Cite this Object


Toy car by Carette & Co 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 March 2023, <>


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