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Pressed Linen Head Doll on Clockwork Tricycle, 1870

Pressed Linen Head Doll on Clockwork Tricycle, 1870


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Directory: Dolls: Antique Dolls: Early Dolls: Pre 1900: Item # 1301804

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This is a classic early American clockwork toy by Althof Bergmann in excellent original working condition. Overall size is 8" tall and 11" long.

Doll: The doll has a PRESSED LINEN head from the Hawkins patent of 1869. The toy is attributed to Althof Bergmann. He has painted features including blue eyes and side curls painted in front of his ears. He has hands and feet of pressed brass and his limbs are a metal armature. He is wearing his all-original clothing of shirt, pants and jacket.

Tricycle: The tricycle is tin and the clockwork mechanism is housed behind the doll in a stenciled covering. The covering shows two patent dates from 1870. Some of these toys are “back-wound”, but this gentleman is key-wound, and I wind him up with needle-nose pliers. The mechanism is in working condition, and he pedals away while turning left and right on a zigzag path.

Examination: The toy and doll have expected minor age related wear. Overall presentation and working condition for the age is excellent.