1862 Autoperipatetikos Walking Doll Early American Clockwork Toy Wind Up For Sale
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration an early American Autoperipatetikos Walking Doll with a painted cloth head. This toy is a nice example of the earliest known American patented clockwork toy. When wound the doll will, by means of a large clockwork movement hidden under her skirt, walk forward raising one foot at a time in order to move forward. On the circular wood base of this toy is a nearly complete original paper label with the 1862 patent date “also in England”. Handwritten on the bottom is the name “Virginia Wallace Hatcher” with the date “Oct 27th 1861”. The lettering appears to be written in ink that has oxidized to a red-brown color. At 150 years of age this early American walking doll retains her original dress and kid leather arms with all ten fingers still intact. The arms are now mostly empty of their original sawdust filling. Her dress is in fair to good condition with some staining and the fine netting type material that covers her cotton skirt is coming loose at her waist and has a few tears in it and the dress above the waist in the back has a resewn seam, although the rest of her dress appears to be in good shape. PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS CAREFULLY FOR CONDITION. Although not visible when viewing the toy, the hard paper form under the dress is dented in some areas, this does not affect her walking operation. The painted cloth head has splits and denting, primilary on the top. Her brass boots have a wonderful patina consistent with the age of the toy. A well fitting replacement key is included for winding the toy. Enoch Rice Morrison, of New York was issued patent No. 35,886 on the 15th of July, 1862 for an Automatic Toy he labeled the Autoperipatetikos, the name being derived from the Greek autos, meaning self-propelled, and peripatetikos, meaning to walk about. Martin and Runyon of New York manufactured the toy. The toy measures about 9 ½” in height and has a dress base diameter of about 4 ½”. This is a great opportunity to add a wonderful early American toy to your collection! WE WILL BE ADDING A VIDEO OF THIS DOLL LATER IN THE WEEK, SOPLEASE CHECKBACK AND SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM TOSEE THE VIDEO.PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THISVINTAGE WALKING DOLL.
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1862 Autoperipatetikos Walking Doll Early American Clockwork Toy Wind Up: $465