I was lucky to find a large group of ca. 1900 German balancing toys, not having had a one in all my years of collecting toys. I must admit, they did take some getting used to. I was nervous at first placing the rear legs close to the end of the shelf and then giving them all a gentle tap on the head to start them rocking back and forth. The heavy metal weights are the key.
Here I have a little wooley dog and two riders on horseback. George Washington on the right was a much-produced figure by the Germans for the American market, often in the form of a candy container.
On the left a large Googly rides on a papier-mache horse, as does a jester on the right. In the center is a rare red-coated Santa on a felt-covered horse.
All of the balance toys have a cone-shaped heavy metal weight at the end, except for the Googly which has a heavy metal ball painted in a marbelized green . . . my favorite!
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