It is thought that these ingenious and very sophisticated toys may have originated in Germany, travelled to Europe and then eventually ended up in North America in the 18th century. Examples of this type of “torque toy” were found by early explorers as far north as Alaska. There were several variations of this acrobat toy and numerous ways to make them work. One worked by pulling a string, while another worked by squeezing the ends of two long sticks. FAIRE TYME TOYS offers both of these types and each one is guaranteed to do “amazing” acrobatic tricks!
Oriental Ivory Acrobat
Mid 19th Century
Girl With Two Stick Acrobat
Click Here to see a video demonstrating the Two Stick Acrobat. Just squeeze the handles and make him work
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