Goodwin Patent mechanical patent walking doll.
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a circa 1870 Stevens & Brown Mechanical Goodwin's Patent Walking Doll.  This early American walking doll was manufactured by Stevens & Brown of Cromwell, Connecticut. The clockwork motor for this toy is hidden under the carriage seat and it drives the rear axle, propelling the toy forward in a circle (the front wheel is turned slightly to allow the toy to move in a circle).  As the carriage moves forward, the doll follows and her metal jointed legs move up and down allowing her to walk along as if she is pushing the carriage.  Her ankles also flex, making for a very realistic “walking” motion. BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE!  The carriage winds and propels forward very well, but the doll walks best on a rough surface as can be seen in the video we have her walking on plywood and she walks fantastic, but if you try to get her to walk on smooth surface she tends to drag her feet.  She has little "picks" on the bottom of her shoes and they help her grip the surface if it's not too smooth, resulting in great walking action.  The key is turned counter clockwise to wind.  The mechanical doll’s legs were patented by William Farr Goodwin and the label on the back of the head reads "WM F GOODWINS Patent Dated Jan 22nd 1867 & Aug25th 1868.  This doll’s composition head was manufactured by George H. Hawkins of N.Y. City and it still has the original label on the back of the shoulder plate that reads "X.L.C.R. DOLL HEAD Pat. Sept. 8 1868".   Her head is a replacement (the original molded cloth and paper head was severely deteriorated),  but it is an original Goodwin walking doll head with repaint to the hair, the neck and shoulder plate, and from the chin down.  The rest of the paint on the toy is original.  Her underclothes, socks, and boots with leather uppers are original but the dress is possibly an early replacement.  The doll has beige painted cast metal hands that slip over the handles of the carriage so she can hold on to it.   The paint on the toy shows its age with areas of loss on the carriage.   Some gold stenciling is still visible on the back and sides of the carriage.  The carriage has some solder work done to the back and right side at the joint between the red body and the blue seat surround.   A previous owner put a piece of tape in the seat with the date AUG 25 1867 and to remove it would only take more paint off so we have left it in place.   Considering the age of this toy, its really in very nice condition; it works and it will display well.  This rare antique Mechanical Goodwin Patent Walking Doll measures approximately 12” from the front of the front wheel to the back of the doll,  the doll being approximately 11 1/2” tall and about 6” wide.  The doll is connected to the carriage via two metal pins protruding from her body that insert into the carriage’s handle.   She will be shipped separated from the carriage for better protection during transit. This is a great opportunity to add this 140 year old rare and early American clockwork toy to your collection! 

PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS EARLY AMERICAN TOY.
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1870 STEVENS & BROWN CLOCKWORK GOODWIN PATENT WALKING DOLL

Price: $899.00
Availability: SOLD