Early American Stevens and Brown Goodwin Patent Mechanical Walking Doll
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a circa 1870 Stevens & Brown Mechanical Goodwin Patent Walking Doll. This early American walking doll was manufactured by Stevens & Brown of Cromwell, Connecticut. The toy works 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. This toy was, and still is, fascinating to watch because of the natural motion the doll exhibits when moving her legs when walking. The carriage winds and propels forward very well, but the doll's feet work sporadically to make the walking motion...on a rougher surface she "walks" fairly well but on a smooth surface she tends to just drag her feet. The mechanical doll’s legs were patented by William Farr Goodwin Jan 22nd 1867 & Aug 25th 1868. This doll’s composition head was manufactured by George H. Hawkins of N.Y. City and it still has a partial label on the back that reads X.L.C.R. DOLL HEAD Pat. Sept. 8 1868. The letters X.L.C. are missing along with a small top portion of the tag. The doll, the legs, the clockwork mechanism, and the carriage were assembled into this toy by Stevens and Brown. Underneath the wooden carriage is a clockwork motor that propels the toy forward in a straight line. The motor is wound by turning the wheels backwards by using the left wheel as the key. This toy is all original with the exception of a flat steel link in the left leg mechanism which was broken and now has been replaced allowing the doll to walk again (see photo # 9). The doll has bluish-green painted cast metal hands that slip over the handles of the carriage so that she can hold on to it and she is wearing black shoes with wonderful red leather uppers on the shoes. The doll is dressed in a cotton pale blue and cream dress with lace trimmings at the neck, wrists, and hemline, and a brightly colored ribbon is tied around her waist. There are a few scattered minor spots or stains on here dress, but they are quite light colored and do not detract from the toy at all. The paint on the toy shows its age with loss and wear mainly to the doll’s head; it appears that someone at some point tried to clean the doll’s face and ended up over-cleaning it, and the stenciling on the carriage is quite faded, but considering the age of this toy, its really in pretty good condition. This rare antique Mechanical Goodwin Patent Walking Doll measures approximately 12” from the front of the front wheel to the back of the doll, 10 3/3” tall and about 6” wide. The doll is connected to the carriage via two metal tubes in her body that receive 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 10 PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS WONDERFUL ANTIQUE TOY.  This toy was made in three versions; the first is a pull toy without a motor, the second is this toy with a wooden carriage and the clockwork motor that you wind by turning the wheels backwards, and the last version was made using tin for the carriage, a key to wind up the mechanism and the front wheel was turned to the right so that the toy would travel in a circle making it easier for a child to play with. These toys were manufactured by Stevens & Brown shortly after the joint venture of George Brown’s Tin & Clockwork Toy Company and Elisha J Stevens’ cast iron Toy and Hardware Company joined forces in 1869 to create the new company of Stevens & Brown.  

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EARLY AMERICAN STEVENS & BROWN GOODWIN PATENT WALKING DOLL

Price: $1,080.00
Availability: SOLD