This early toy has the original label from Perry & Co of London on the underside of the box lid. There is a very powerful clockwork windup mechanism inside of the wooden box that makes the thin wire holding the figure move up and down to simulate a little jig. The windup still works well and runs for quite a while.The figure is made out of carved wood, with composition head with hand-painted face, wool hair, and carved and jointed wood arms, legs, and feet. His face is crackled as shown. The original skirt has some worn away strings as shown. The wooden box is covered in a colored paper, and it sits on 4 little bun feet. The paper has worn away around the edges in places as shown. This toy also still has the original Directions label applied inside the box. This comes with a new replacement brass key for winding.
The Automaton Dancers are listed in an old Perry & Co. Price catalog from 1877 (not included). Check out my other auctions for another early automaton dancer chinaman. The item "1870's Perry & Co.
London Clockwork Windup Toy Dancer Automaton Minstrel" is in sale since Thursday, April 30, 2020. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Wind-up Toys". The seller is "treasuresof-yesterday" and is located in Webster, New York.
This item can be shipped to United States.