Leverage toys can be traced back to the puppets that were used in the shadow theatres of the Far East.
Bears, pigs, monkeys and deer on sticks were all popular toys. They would have been bought at fairs, from markets or from itinerant pedlars
The Bear on a Stick is a Victorian reminder of the bear that was tethered to a staff outside the castle at Warwick during the 1500’s.
The Bear and Ragged Staff goes on to be the symbol of Warwickshire.
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