American Mechanical Toy Co.
Wood and metal, textiles
Place of origin
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National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
A clockwork acrobat toy on a wooden base, with its key. The acrobat figure is mainly made from a ceramic material, possibly over a metal frame. His arms are certainly metal, as it is partially visible, and his hip joints feel as though they are made of metal. His hands are attached to a metal bar which has a red cylinder and a black ball at each end (next to his hands), possibly to resemble a trapeze. He has moulded and painted facial features and hair (ginger, with a ginger moustache). He is wearing a pink silk shirt with long puffed sleeves and lace around the neck, and red satin breeches, with a gold-coloured braid belt. His clothes are quite frayed and dirty. The base is made from varnished wood with a chamfered edge, with a rectangular box at the right-hand side to house the clockwork mechanism, to which the acrobat is attached by means of a large, silver-coloured metal rod. On the front of this box is a painting (head and shoulders) of a woman. There is no lid to this box, but it possibly had one originally. On the right-hand side of the mechanism housing is a circular hole for inserting the key. The key, made from brass-coloured metal, has a cylindrical piece with a square hole running through it, and a large flat end with a ring at each side. total number of items is two
Marks and inscriptions
On key handle: PIONEER/ 6 On underside of base: AMERICAN MECHANICAL/ TOY CO NY.
Makers and roles
American Mechanical Toy Co., maker