Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cobbler shop automaton for window display

Cobbler shop automaton

Here is a great antique window-shop display featuring cobblers busy at work. The maker is not listed in the eBay description, but we know that Schoenhut made moving-picture type automata and some of them specifically depicted shoe-maker's shops. One of these can be seen in Mary Hillier's book Automata and Mechanical Toys.

This one measures 19 inches wide by 13 inches high and it appears to work quite well. Here is a video of the automaton in action:

Here is a link to the eBay listing with many very detailed photographs (including the mechanism) of this cobbler shop automaton.

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