Cat playing the harp hand crank manivelle automaton
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A wonderful hand crank musical manivelle automaton of a cat playing a harp. This antique toy was likely made by Gottlieb Zinner & Sohnes in the late 19th or early 20th century in the town of Schalkau Germany.  Turning the wood handled crank causes the adorable cat to come to life!  Both paws move in and out from the strings making the cat appear to be playing the harp, the head turns to the right and back to center as the mouth opens and closes exposing his pink tongue and tiny white teeth, all while the tails swishes back and forth and the music box inside continues to play.  Be sure to watch the video of this adorable feline harpist in action! The toy has dust staining and scattered losses to the finishes so please be sure to view all 10 photos. The cat's fur is dirty from age almost like it has soot on it and there is scattered loss to the fur as well. The toy does appear to be quite original and it is working very well.  It measures 11" tall overall, 9 1/2" front to back and 5 7/8" wide.  The cat figure is approximately 8" tall from its' feet to the tip of its' ears.  This rare manivelle will make a great addition to your collection!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS ADORABLE EARLY GERMAN CAT PLAYING HARP MANIVELLE AUTOMATON.

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