Wednesday, May 14, 2008

$12,000 French Harp Player Automaton c. 1870

French Harp Player Automaton from 1870I don't have much to say about this other than it must be a both amazing and creepy to see this rather expensive automaton in motion.

From the eBay listing:
"Musical automaton, French, 1870, purchased from Theriault's, cost was $12,000, harp has been restrung by Classic Tin Toy Co., beautiful working order, the hands move across the harp, the head turns back and forth, the eyelids move, as well as the mouth..."

Here the link to the full the eBay listing for French Harp Player Automaton.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Amazing blog! I can't tear myself away. I'm working on a science fiction story for kids called Robot Museum and the robots are heavily based on Automata. I'll be using your blog as a rich resource for this. I came here looking for Vaucanson's duck, which features in the story and you had the most wonderful omage of it.

May 26, 2008 at 11:25 AM  

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