7 . Automaton
24" (61 cm.) Standing upon a velvet-covered wooden stage is a bisque-head doll with blue glass eyes,mohair lashes,open mouth,row of teeth,blonde mohair wig in upswept fashion,carton torso with adult female shape and long slender legs,wire upper arms,bisque forearms,wearing silk and lace country-style costume of flower seller. She appears to be carrying a large tray of silk flowers; the tray is actually supported by a metal rod to her torso which connects the mechanism. When wound,the lady turns her head side-to-side and then nods as she lifts her right hand to offer a nosegay of flowers; she lowers the nosegay and turns her attention to a leaf-covered cone on her tray,and then presents the surprise: lifting the cone,a little dancing and twirling bisque doll is revealed. Music plays throughout. Condition: generally excellent,music and mechanism function well. Marks: L.B. (key) 1159 Germany Simon & Halbig S&H 6 (head) (illegible original tune label on the front). Comments: Leopold Lambert,circa 1910. Value Points: beautiful automaton with wonderfully-detailed original costume and accessories,charming movement.