Helmsman Balance Toy
Art inspired by and demonstrating aspects of science were popular in Victorian times. People loved sculptures that did the seemingly impossible. Optical illusions, magnetic forces, the laws of gravity: they all seemed magical in an era when society was changing fast and the industrial revolution was unstoppable. Skyhooks, effortless counter-weighted art that could be set on a shelf or the rim of a table, and set in motion to everybody’s delight and amazement.