The recent BoingBoing.net post about an automaton from the 1900s by the name of Enigmarelle looks to be another hoax.
The source of their post is the VITAPHONE VARIETIES blog.
It seems a bit too good to be true...an automaton adept at so many different things. I have nothing but respect for engineers, machinists, and craftsmen of the past, but this thing rivals ASIMO in its abilities.
Follow the links and decide for yourself. If you know more about the history of Enigmarelle, post a comment and let us know!