Salty Dog Balance Toy

Height 17.74 inches

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. Our rowing sailor seems to carry a light load; at least he makes that impression. Using sharp chisels, craftsmen cut the steel plate into shape and hammer the edges. Others bend, cast and attach the wire hung counterweight and check balance and swing. Village painters hand paint faces and important details. Apprentices do base paint and more mundane details. The distressed finish is the result of an old and proven system of combined layers of paint of slightly different composition. The final step is a hand rub with dark colored beeswax giving it the final finish and feel. In the manner of their antique predecessors, our balance toys are true originals. Hand made and hand painted in sheet metal.  The anchor line is made of twisted metal wire. 

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