Goodwin's Patent Walking Doll
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Circa 1870 Mechanical Goodwin’s Patent Walking Doll. This early American toy 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.

 

The carriage winds and propels forward very well.  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 occasionally.  This 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 clockwork motor that propels the toy forward in a straight line. The motor is wound by winding the wheels backwards by using the left wheel (if you are standing behind the doll) as the key. This toy is all original with the exception of a wire retainer under the carriage keeping the spring in line as it unwinds.

 

The doll has molded composition arms with hands that fit over the handles of the carriage so that she can hold on to it and she is wearing leather shoes.  The thumbs are missing from both hands but this does not hinder her holding on to the bar. We believe this is the earliest version before they began making cast metal hands.  She is wearing her original cotton dress with a green bow at her waist and lace trimmings at the neck and wrists.  She has on a polka dot mesh like over-dress which was trimmed with green silk ribbon that has become very fragile and is crumbling to the touch and in rough shape but her dress under the mesh is in very solid condition.  The paint on the doll's head is original and in very nice condition and the molded head is without damage.  The gold stenciling on the red carriage is very nice.  The wooden carriage body has a couple of cracks but considering the age of this toy, it’s really in pretty good condition (see last photo).

 

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 1/2” tall, and about 5 1/2” 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 very early American clockwork toy to your collection!    PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS WONDERFUL ANTIQUE TOY.

 

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STEVENS & BROWN GOODWIN PATENT WALKING DOLL EARLY AMERICAN TOY

Price: $995.00
Availability: SOLD