Early French Mechanical Sand Toy Attributed to Tharins, Original Paper Label

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6" (15 cm.) x 5". A wooden box with black paper cover and gilt paper edging exhibits a farmyard scene of woman feeding chickens, she with colorful folklore style costume and elaborate coiffe, farm buildings in the background. A glass window encloses the scene, and hidden behind the scene is sand. The toy is designed to turn upside down and then, when reversed, the flowing sand causes the woman's arm to move as though tossing feed. Excellent condition, original paper label on reverse side. An identical example is known with original Tharins paper label. French, 1850, rare and charming toy. 
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