Late 1890's French automaton. Rare and delightful early clockwork musical figure. CHARMING EARLY MECHANICAL MUSICAL TOY. MAESTRO PIANIST SITS AT HIS PIANO, MOVING HIS HANDS OVER THE KEYS AS HE PLAYS A TUNE.
TINPLATE PIANO CONSTRUCTION, WITH INTERNAL CLOCKWORK MECHANISM. ARTICULATED PIANIST, STILL WEARING HIS ORIGINAL COSTUME AND WITH HIS ORIGINAL PAINTED FEATURES AND SPINDLY HANDS..STILL WITH ALL HIS FINGERS. PIANIST STILL HAS HIS HAIR.... After more than a century, so many of these figures have lost the old hair and are seen with awful modern replacement wigs.
PIANO WITH ITS MUSIC SHEET... The two delicate little twin candelabra show very typical age and losses, but are original personally, i don't like using reproduction parts and would much rather see original worn pieces... WITH A VERY CAREFUL WINDING OF THE ORIGINAL FIXED KEY... THE MECHANISM STILL RUNS, AND THE PIANIST WILL PLAY HIS TUNE.
(remember this is best part of 120 years old, so always handle gently and with great care). I've added a short video clip, so you can see the charming working function... Please try clicking the following link: VIDEO. OR go to the address below.There is the odd paint chip or loss... Natural fade and wear to clothing... A little tin base edge split/creasing at opposing sides and odd missing tiny tin tab fastening about piano etc.. I didn't realise how dusty he has got from sitting on my shelf, so you might want to give him a gentle clean.
(please also study all the images for condition). I ALWAYS TRY TO BE UPFRONT ON CONDITION ISSUES AND TRY TO MAKE IT SOUND AS BAD AS POSSIBLE! NONE OF THIS DETRACTS FROM A GREAT OLD TOY, STILL IN WORKING CONDITION. If you need more images or have questions... The item "RARE ANTIQUE FRENCH MUSICAL AUTOMATON FERNAND MARTIN PIANIST TINPLATE TIN TOY" is in sale since Thursday, March 7, 2019.This item is in the category "Toys & Games\Vintage & Classic Toys\Clockwork/Wind-Up". The seller is "audio2424" and is located in Thetford. This item can be shipped worldwide.