Goodwins Patent automatic clockwork walking doll
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We are pleased to offer for sale a circa 1869 Clockwork Goodwin’s Patent Automatic Walking Doll With Carriage. This early American toy was manufactured by Stevens & Brown of Cromwell, Connecticut. The toy works well, using a clockwork motor under the carriage to drive the large cast iron wheels which in turn causes the mechanical doll to “walk” as she’s pulled along by the carriage. The clockwork motor propels the toy forward in a straight line.  This toy is one of the very earliest version (later versions had key wind mechanisms and tin carriages).  We found that on a rougher surface (especially on low pile carpet like we did the video on) she "walks" well but on a smooth surface she tends to just drag her feet most often. The motor is wound by winding the wheels backwards or by using the left wheel (if you are standing behind the doll) as the key utilizing the ratcheting mechanism built into the clockwork motor. This toy is all original with the exception of a coat of varnish on the wood carriage done some time ago with the intention of keeping the paint and gold stenciling as pristine as possible.  The doll has molded composition arms with hands that fit over the handles of the carriage so that she can hold onto it.  The thumb is missing from her right hand but this does not hinder her holding on to the bar.  She is wearing her original cotton dress with red silk ribbons, the red silk is very fragile.  She has on a mesh type over-dress with a wide lace collar and lace trimmed sleeves covering a white cotton dress over her pantaloons.  The paint on the doll's head is all original although it does have a few stress cracks.  The gold stenciling on the red carriage is very nice also.  This rare antique Mechanical Goodwin Patent Walking Doll measures approximately 12” from the front of the front wheel to the back of the doll by 10 1/2” tall, and about 5 1/2” wide. William Farr Goodwin of Washington D.C. patented the walking mechanism used for the dolls legs on August 8th 1868. The doll’s composition head was manufactured by George H. Hawkins of N.Y. City and it still has the label (in excellent condition) on the back of her shoulder plate that reads X.L.C.R. DOLL HEAD Pat. Sept. 8 1868.  Underneath the wooden carriage is a rare paper label (in fair condition) that reads PATENTED AUGUST 24th 1869. This patent was issued to A.W. BROWN for a mechanical movement in the form of the carriage with a clockwork motor that propels the toy forward.  This is a fine opportunity to add to your collection a rare early American clockwork toy made by one of the most famous American toy makers of the day.  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS WONDERFUL ANTIQUE TOY.

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1869 STEVENS and BROWN GOODWIN PATENT AUTOMATIC WALKING DOLL

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