Friday, November 28, 2008

Fantastic disembodied smoking head automaton

Here's a short video of a fantastic disembodied head automaton that smokes!

From the video description:
A clockwork head that moves its glass eyes and smokes either a pipe or cigar. The head is made of papier mache and wood. The original wooden box contained envelopes of saltpetre and 'ribbon of bruge' to load the pipe with, also a letter dated 1882 explaining how to work it and confirming its sale to a London coffee shop.

Thanks to Michael and Maria at AutomatoMania for this video.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats so awesome. how old is it?

November 28, 2008 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...


The YouTube comments make mention of a letter dated to 1882. I'll follow up with Michael to see if that is when it was made.

All the Best,

Dug North

November 28, 2008 at 4:09 PM  

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