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Early 20Th Century Clockwork Automaton Diorama

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  • £2,950.00
  • €3,439 Euro
  • $3,727 US Dollar

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Early 20th century clockwork Automaton Diorama

A truly wonderful example of an early 20th Century Dutch clockwork automaton diorama. The animation takes place after both clockwork mechanisms are wound up. You pull the side rod to make the men play cards, halfway through the animation of chattering one of the players wife’s jumps into the room to tell them off. The men jump back, and one of the men’s wigs comes off as a result. The entire mechanism is scratch built and even after all these years still works. This item has several handwritten notes to the sliding reverse cover, explaining which way to turn the clockwork mechanism and explain not to keep the item in sunlight. A real museum piece in our humble opinion.

Origin: Dutch / EU

Material: Pine and paper

Age: 1920 – 1930

Size: Height 13” x Width 18” x Depth 5”

Condition Report
A naturally aged item, that has stood the test of time, obvious loss to surface area with loss to wooden areas due to age and natural wear. The pine has discoloured as does the paper labels. We believe the glass facial has been replaced recently to protect the paper animated section inside. This item come with its own working keep. The mechanism can be a tad temperamental but works fine once it gets going. This is an old untouched item, expect age related conditions.

Its exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas of these pieces, therefore we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and propose questions where sections are unclear to avoid disappointment upon purchase.

For multiple years we have sold antique and vintage items globally, please expect our items to show relevant age and natural wear, Items are only restored due to breaks and loss, and we always stipulate this in our condition report. 

Item Info

Seller Location

Essex, London



Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Essex, London

Item Location

United Kingdom

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+44 (0)7568 151752