Illustrations of balancing sculptures and toys can be found in educational literature from the 18th century. The physics governing the movement of these toys continues to amaze and intrigue children of all ages.
The George Washington Balancing Sculpture, with Washington riding his gray horse, honors the general’s excellent horsemanship. Whenever he was home tending his farms, Washington would set out immediately after breakfast to ride through his 8,000 acre plantation. The ride could take several hours and run a circuit of nearly 20 miles while he visited each of his 5 farms.
After the Revolutionary War, Mount Vernon’s extensive stables were home to Washington’s favorite wartime horses, Nelson, a sorrel, and Blueskin, named for his bluish gray color.
The balance sculpture is painted metal. No assembly required. Approximately 14” tall.