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Early Roullet & Decamps Antique Music Box Automaton Monkey In Top Hat French Toy For Sale
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a rare Roullet & Decamps Monkey in Top Hat musical automaton. This antique monkey automaton music box is a rare find. He is part of a long line of animal automata manufactured by the firm of Roullet et Decamps in Paris, France in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The same mechanism and movement was employed by Roullet & Decamps for many of their other automata in which the character would “surprise” the viewer popping out of a variety of objects such as the rabbit in cabbage and the cat in the milk can. Once you wind the motor and slide out the stop pin, the monkey will rise out of his gold top hat turning to his right (your left if you’re watching him) and at once he’ll begin to lightly clap his cymbals and slightly open and close his mouth. Then with more vigor he will begin to tap his symbols together harder and close and open his mouth wide enough to expose his teeth, and without warning suddenly turn and disappear back into the top hat. The monkey will repeat the cycle several times on one winding. Be sure to watch the video above and see this wonderful automaton in action! When the monkey came to us he was in rough shape; the clockwork did not function, the leather on his upper jaw / face was missing, the top hat was loose from the base (bottom) and the fabric on the bottom of the top hat was missing, as well as one of his glass eyes was gone, never to be found again. Now this little monkey has had the necessary restoration work done that will allow it to be enjoyed the way it was intended once again. The monkey has two new glass eyes and his leather upper jaw / face have been replaced. The missing fabric on the bottom of the top hat has been replaced with vintage fabric. The rest of the monkey, his fur, hands, cymbals, and lower jaw are original along with the clockwork and the wonderful top hat. The music box is original and complete; it has all of its teeth and plays the tune perfectly. The top hat has a large stain on the side as well as some surface and edge wear, but still retains the charm of years gone by. Thenext to the last picture shows the top hat and the monkey from above and the interior of the hat. The last picture shows the replaced fabric on the bottom of the hat / base. This Monkey Top Hat Musical Automaton is a nice size at about 7” tall when the monkey is down inside of the hat by 9” wide and 8 ½” deep. This rare and charming Roullet & Decamps Monkey in Top Hat automaton music box is ready and willing to be enjoyed in your collection! PLEASEREVIEW ALLPHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOMFEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE ABOVE VIDEOFOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS WONDERFUL AUTOMATON. WEALSO HAVE LISTED THIS WEEK ANOTHER ROULLET & DECAMPS AUTOMATON, SO BE SURE TO SEE OUR OTHER sales.
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Early Roullet & Decamps Antique Music Box Automaton Monkey In Top Hat French Toy: $1,500