Early American Goodwin's Patent Walking Doll
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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a wonderful early American, circa 1872, clockwork toy called "The Improved Automatic Walking Doll" more commonly called the Goodwin's Patent Walking Doll .  

This beautiful toy was by manufactured by The Stevens and Brown Company in Connecticut and appears in their 1872 catalog on page four. The ad displays the wood carriage but the script introduces the "improved" tin carriage version. 

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.  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 so be sure to watch the video above.  A hard or polished surface will not allow the doll to walk, the pins on her feet must catch slightly to cause the mechanism to function (she walked best for us on concrete).

The paint on both the carriage and the doll appear to be original except for some early touch-up we found to the black on the doll’s hair.  The doll has a beautiful face with only minor imperfections and a spot of damage in her hair at the right side of the head (see photo #7) and her hair ribbon is an early addition.  On the back panel of the carriage body just forward of the handle bars are the remnants of the gold painted stenciling that originally read, "WM. F. Goodwin's Patents Jan 22nd. 1867 & Aug 25th 1868".  The paint on the toy is old, dry and flaking as is typical of early American toys. The carriage is decorated in red, blue, and green paint with gold stenciled highlights; there is scattered paint loss to the carriage body.  All three cast iron wheels are in excellent condition and they spin true on straight axles. The tin carriage has a few small flex cracks in the body. 

The dress and bloomers appear to be early and exceptionally well made replacements.  Not only is the style correct for the period it is also entirely hand stitched with numerous pleats and exceptional detail.  Take special note of the detailed piercing of the fabric where the lace is attached to the skirt and to the sleeves.  The original cast iron hands have been sewn into the sleeves of the dress as a way of replacing the original cotton cloth arms that would have hung from the wood torso.  The doll’s stockings and leather uppers as well as the painted red and black cast metal shoes are all original. We were told that the key we received with the toy is the original winding key for this toy. 

The Improved Automatic Walking Doll, AKA the Goodwin’s Patent Walking Doll is better known today using the name of the person that patented the walking mechanism, William F. Goodwin.  The clockwork motor in the toy is typical of George Brown toys, the cast iron parts are almost certainly from the Stevens foundry, and the dolls head was patented by George H. Hawkins Sept. 8th 1868.  The walking doll and carriage were made in multiple variations.  A tin carriage like this one and an earlier wooden carriage and both versions were made with or without a clockwork motor.  We have identified two different style of Hawkins heads used on the toy sporting either a black or a blond hair doll.  This wonderful early American walking doll measures 11 1/2" tall without the bonnet and the toy overall measures about 12 1/2" in length.  This toy is fresh to the market having been kept in the private collection of Elizabeth Mewborne of North Carolina for many years.  This is a great opportunity to add a rare and beautiful early American mechanical toy to your collection. 

PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS VIEW THE VIDEO FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS EARLY AMERICAN TOY.

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EARLY AMERICAN TOY STEVENS & BROWN GOODWIN PATENT WALKING DOLL

Price: $1,225.00
Availability: SOLD