Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Automaton by Vichy - Clockwork Mechanism Inside

This is the repaired inner mechanism of a Vichy automaton made in France in 1875. The complete automaton depicts a lady who breathes, closes her eyes, turns her head, fans herself, and lifts her glasses to her eyes.

You can learn more about Vichy and the other famous French automaton makers from the late 19th century and early 20th century from the Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914.

Thanks to the experts at AutomatomaniA for this wonderful video. AutomatomaniA is the UK's only specialist automata restoration company.

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Blogger amoebaboy said...

facinating stuff, i have made a few simple automata myself, but this is the real deal.
i am looking for some sturdy clockworks at the moment with a view to making some working robots.

April 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM  

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