A Colonial Williamsburg favorite—the Hotch Potch alphabet—is gathered here to celebrate the season on this beautiful ball ornament. On one side of the ball, the figures spell the word "noel" and on the other side, "joy." Both sides are trimmed on the top and bottom with holly and feature the Colonial Williamsburg logo. The design is inspired by the original hand-tinted print which dates from 1782 and shows jovial "Hotchpotch" characters contorting themselves (quite instructively, we might add) into the letters of the alphabet. We've adapted these delightful images onto a paper decoupage ornament accented with red.
Green, red, tan
One side says "noel" and the other "joy"
Printed with Colonial Williamsburg logo
Paper covered foam ball
Children's toys of the 18th century were often intended to instruct as well as to entertain young ladies and gentlemen. The Comical Hotch-Potch of the Alphabet turn'd Posture-Master was first printed in London in 1782 by well-known publisher Carrington Bowles. An original example of the print is in the Colonial Williamsburg print collection. Following the custom of the times, the print has only 24 letters. "J" and "U" are missing as many people continued to use "I" and "V" respectively.