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Storefront Nodding Cobbler Automaton

Auction:
2345
Lot:
586
Sold for:
$1,293$1,100

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2345
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
July 29, 2006 10:00AM

Description:

Storefront Nodding Cobbler Automaton, 1930s, with papier-mâché head, fixed blue eyes, mohair wig and beard, pipe in mouth and hammer in hand, the clockwork mechanism in his torso causing the figure to nod and beat rhythmically on a captive shoe with his hammer, in the original cap and apron, ht. 21 in., (canvas perishing on sleeves).
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Keywords

papier-mâché head , Automaton, Clockwork, Nod