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We are pleased to offer for your consideration an early American Brower’s Automatic Toy Dancer dated 1873.  This rare toy still retains the original gold stenciling on the back side of the toy on top of the green painted tin cover that is protecting the clockwork mechanism.  On which is printed “BROWER’S AUTOMATIC DANCER PATDSEPT 23 1873”  This toy features a clockwork driven dancing black man performing in front of a paper on board background scene of a Southern plantation and the neighboring sharecroppers shack.  The figure is dressed in his all original clothes.  We believe the entire toy to be in its original condition.  The paint on the dancers face and his shoes is nicely preserved and it shows nice detail.  His clothing has some thread loss mostly at the sleeves and the paper background has scattered loss, creasing, and lifting. There is what appears to be an old attempt to repair a tight crack in the wood panel most visible from the back of the toy.  The clockwork mechanism is functioning well and when wound the gentleman will “dance” tapping his feet.  Included with the toy is a vintage clock key that fits the winding shaft very well. Overall, the toy is 9” tall, 6 ½” wide, and about 6” front to back. The dancer by itself is 7 ½” tall.  This rare toy will be a great addition for an early American toy collection. PLEASE REVIEW ALL PHOTOS AND USE THE ENLARGE AND ZOOM FEATURES FOR BEST DESCRIPTION.

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Price: $1,500.00
Availability: SOLD