Automaton "Jump-rope skipping girl"

    Automaton "Jump-rope skipping girl"

    USA, Bridgeport, Connecticut

    circa 1880

    Ives Manufacturing Company

    Papier-mache, wood, metal, fabric, lace; sewing, mechanical works, painting, wood works, chiseling, decalcomania

    25 х 21 х 12 cm, 2.5 rg


    Automaton in the form of a girl's figure with a jump rope is connected to wooden stand mounted on rectangular shaped base. The lid with chiselled handle closes the base. The image of a lady in the decalcomania technique is on the base front side. The girl's head, arms and legs with red shoes are porcelain. The girl has dark hair, ruddy cheeks and blue eyes. She is dressed in light dress with massive pattern with lace trim and golden belt. The spring motor is mounted in the stand. Winding key is on the right side.
    After the movement is wound, the axis, connected to the girl’s hand, rotates. She seems to be jumping and leaning back, her hands with the jump rope rotate, the rope passes under the feet, creating the impression of skipping the jump rope.
    Ives Manufacturing Company, the major American manufacturer of mechanical toys, produced this automaton in 1880.