Tumbling Clown

Tumbling Clown

History

The tumbler toy was derived from the East and has a variety of names, most representing stability in some way.

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In France during the late 18th century many of these figures depended on mercury for the balancing movement.

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In Germany little tumbling dolls were connected by hollow rods containing mercury, the dolls appeared to somersault over one another down stairs.

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The Tumbling Clown was a great favourite in Victorian times, inspired by the entertainers of the day at fairs and circuses.

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