Automatic Toy Works Tin-Automata Clockwork theatre with two dancers and gentleman in window,

Item number: Theatre (31939)

Intern number: 31939

Category: Automatic Toy Works

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Automatic Toy Works

Kind of Toys:
Tin Automata


ca. 1870-1880

Size (LxWxH in inch):
7" x 6" x 9"

Size (LxWxH in cm):
17,8 x 15,2 x 22,9 cm

Results: (E=Ebay; D=Sale; B=Auction) (Z=Condition)
B Z3+ 6.018,00 2010; B Z3+ 2-714,00 2014

Clockwork theatre with two dancers and gentleman in window, attributed to Automatic Toy Works. A most unique toy featuring a house with a gentleman peering out the upper window while the white and the black dancers do a jig. The facade of the house on the first floor has a dual lithograph on paper of a young man dancing while the two dressed figures protrude from the front by means of wires, the dancers standing on a lithographed paper base with a simulated paper lithographed roof. The goateed male patron of the arts looks down from above in a benevolent and approving manner. When the clockwork is activated, the dancers alternate their motions while the male patron looks from right to left. The clockwork mechanism is contained within a painted tin box which is directly behind the front facade. Believed to be one of two known examples existing today!

Picture from: Photo courtesy of James D. Julia auctioneers Fairfield ME +

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