Roullet et Decamps musical clockwork drinking bear automaton
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We are pleased to offer for sale a rare clockwork Musical Roullet and Decamps Standing Drinking Bear Automaton circa 1890.  This wonderful bear works very well and when wound he pours the liquid from the bottle into his cup and raises the cup to his mouth.  As he is doing this he tips his head back and closes his mouth slightly as if he’s taking a drink from his cup. The liquid actually drains from the cup through a tube in his left arm, through his body, down his right arm and back into the bottle so he’s ready to drink again.  He will do this numerous times with each winding and as he does, a music box inside his torso plays a lively tune.  Be sure to watch the video above to see him in action!  The bear is in great all original condition!  He has glass eyes and soft almost black rabbit fur covering.  The bottle and cup are made of brass and have a great patina.  His four wooden paws still have all of their black paint.  He is wound using his original removable winding key on the shaft protruding from his right side just below the arm holding the bottle.  In the center of his back is the brass stop start pin.  This desirable musical drinking bear automaton stands approximately 16" tall and he measures about 8 1/2" front to back and approximately 7 1/2" wide.  This is one of a very few automata ever made that use liquid in their action.  The Roullet & Decamps Standing Drinking Bear Automaton rarely comes to market, so don't hesitate to make him part of your automata collection!  PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AS WELL AS WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE FOR THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF THIS EARLY ROULLET et DECAMPS AUTOMATON. 

NOTE***To prepare him to "drink" you will need to fill his cup with any liquid (we use water) when his cup is in the down position, then let him run through a cycle and fill the cup half way on the second cycle.   Be sure to empty the liquid from the bear once you've finished operating him by inverting him over a sink. 


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Price: $3,500.00
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