Clockwork Automaton Extrordinaire!

Monday, October 29, 2012

This beautiful mechanical dulcimer player was built in 1772 Pierre Kintzing and David Roentgen for Marie Antoinette. At just eighteen inches tall, she plays eight different songs. She was restored in 1864 by Robert-Houdin and is now at the Musée des Arts et Métiers

The intricacy of the mechanism here is exquisite!

Take a look.




The following video is a look at the automaton that inspired the "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".



Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed and your mainspring wound up!
KJ



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