Balancing toys were popular in the 19th century. Dating back to ancient China and India,
where they were most often carved from soft wood, the western balancing toys were traditionally made
from tin or metal. Illustrations of balancing toys can be found in educational literature from the
18th century. The physics governing the movement of such toys intrigued and amazed people.
Balance toys came in various forms, and our particular shape is traditionally called a skyhook.
One of the least liked and heaviest jobs of the Sailing Age was for the sailor to row out the ship's anchor and place it in position. Sometimes several anchors were needed to make for a safe and secure berth. This rowing sailor seems to carry a light load, at least he makes that impression. Hand made and hand painted in sheet metal. The anchor line is made of twisted metal wire.