Wednesday, March 13, 2013

1800's Clockwork Toy's and other fun finds

1800's Clockwork Toys and other fun finds

I find it fascinating that amidst the Industrial Revolution fantastical inventions and clockwork toys were created. I pictured kids playing with crochet dolls and wooden blocks, yet human ingenuity was vast at work. 

 Here are some unique toys I've found for sale..

1.The Ethiopian Catterpillar I'd love to have something like this in my clockwork toy collection. But this little beauty would run me over $300,000 Dollars!

The Ethiopian Caterpillar is a bejeweled automaton from the year 1820. Attributed to Henri Maillardet, only six automaton caterpillars are known to exist and the other five are in prestigious collections in Europe, include one in the Patek Philippe museum and another two in the Sandoz collection (see Parmigiani for more on them).
The pre-sale estimate for this piece is $350,000-$450,000.

2. Oriental Dancing Man This little beauty is at a no reserve bid on ebay. (Currently $650.00US) It is thought to be made in New York early 1800's.

3. Double Hanging Dancers on Platform Made by Automatic Toy Works Connecticut – Circa 1875 This is an extremely rare clockwork-jigging toy. They were probably less than 10 known examples.   The toy is 10” tall by 6 ¾“ wide. Material: Wood, Fabric and Composition. This fun piece has a starting bid of $1500! 

4. Or perhaps toys aren't your thing. What about a 1800's clockwork meat rotisserie?

There are so many unique early clockwork contraptions to be found for sale. If I had the money I'd buy them all! If you stumble across anything interesting send it my way! -The Clockpunkette


  1. 200 years?!? Holy crap that caterpillar is awesome.

    New follower here, so: nice to meet you!

    1. That's what I thought :P And welcome to our little world!