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Leonardo's mechanical lion (1515)  Working model based on the  interpretation of Luca Garai

Leonardo's mechanical lion Working model based on the interpretation of Luca Garai

Awesome! Cool automated miniature of"St. Dennistoun Mortuary".  It is a coin-operated automaton, attributed to John Dennison, c. 1900. You put in a coin & the doors open, room is lit showing 4 morticians & 4 dead guys on embalming tables. There is movement! Love it! Right up my alley.

Dennistoun Mortuary" is a coin-operated automaton, attributed to John Dennison, c.

The Maillardet Automaton was made in the 1800s. When wound, it draws elaborate pictures and writes poetry. Hit the link to see videos of it in action; just amazing!

The Maillardet Automaton was made in the When wound, it draws elaborate pictures and writes poetry. Hit the link to see videos of it in action;

Robert Kleeman: Automatons and Musical Visitors

Robert Kleeman: Automatons and Musical Visitors

CBS Sunday Morning - Lost art of Automatons alive again :Henri Maillardet (1745-1830)

From the bestselling children's novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" to the Oscar nominated film "Hugo," automatons - mechanical marvels from a time gone by .

Marie-Antoinette's Automaton: This elegant lady – known as La Joueuse de tympanon (The Dulcimer Player) – is stunningly beautiful. Made in Germany by clockmaker Peter Kintzing and cabinetmaker David Roentgen, this automaton was presented to Queen Marie-Antoinette in 1785. The queen was enchanted, bought the piece at once, and had it placed in the Academy of Science.

La Joueuse de Tympanon - this amazing automaton was created in the century for Queen Marie-Antoinette of France : Created in Germany in 1772 and restored by ROBERT-HOUDIN in 1864 after being damaged during the French Revolution.

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