The cowboy from the wild west - a popular literary character that rides through the desert (on a horse with no name), immortalised in this vintage toy. Meticulously hand-painted, the cowboy's arms and saddle rope move as the toy swings, along with the horse's head and front legs.
Popular in the 19th Century, balancing toys find their origins back to old China and India where they were carved out of wood, before becoming modernised in the West and finding form in metal, in particular, tin.
Considered an educational toy from as early as the 18th century, pendulum toys showcased a light swinging movement that is both soothing yet invoking of curiosity.
This series of toys was acquired from a toy-collecting Professor in Java, and come with a 'skyhook' style pendulum on a pedestal base.
In very good condition. A one-of-a-kind #journeyeastvintage find.
Approximate dimensions: 26cm x 11cm x 48.5cm (LxWxH)
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