Antique Sand Automata
These are simply wonderful! Rotate the box “twice to the right”, place back down and after a second or two the acrobats will start swinging away, occasionally flipping and somersaulting right around.
Two available. One has a pair of acrobats and has a glazed rear, making the mechanisms visible, complete with newspaper lining from 1867. The other has a single acrobat - none other than Jules Leotard, who gave his name to the famous skin-tight clothing. It has a makers badge for Cremer of Bond Street to the front and also a paper label to the reverse.
Both are in good condition for age. Some minor sand leakage and small amount of wear to the outer edges/corners. English, c.1860s.
Double acrobat - H: 25cm W: 20cm D: 9cm
Leotard - H: 24cm W: 20cm D: 9cm