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We are pleased to offer for your consideration a very large and impressive early German clockwork nodding cat or kitten in a slipper.  Once wound the kitten will nod its head up and down, open and close its mouth while moving its eyes up and down.  The kitten nodded for us flawlessly for just over three and a half hours (3 1/2 hours) on a 3/4 winding.  The huge slipper and the kitten’s body are formed from molded paper-mache.  The kitten is covered with natural rabbit fur, it has yellow/green blown glass eyes, real whiskers, and very sharp teeth.  The blue silk ribbon around the kitten’s neck has faded with time.  The mottled color markings in the fur make the kitten look that much more realistic.  There is some minor fur loss to the kitten’s right front leg/paw but the rest of the automaton is in fantastic condition.  The slipper is covered in plaid mohair with a longer mohair interior and collar.  On the bottom of the shoe is a brown felt sole.  The construction materials and techniques used to make this wonderful nodding automaton along with the brass clockwork mechanism used are typical of those used during the first quarter of the twentieth century circa 1900 - 1920.  The counter weight for the kittens head is marked MADE IN GERMANY at the bottom in a blue ink stamp.  This is a very large nodder, the slipper measures a whopping 18 1/2 inches in length and including the kitten inside it stands an impressive 11 1/2" tall.  It is possible that such a huge nodder may have been originally used as an advertisement display in a retail setting or perhaps it was made for a cat lover.  Nodders like this one do not come along very often so don't let this opportunity or this adorable kitten escape you!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS FANTASTIC CLOCKWORK NODDING CAT IN SLIPPER.

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