American Mechanical Walking Doll, Autoperipatetikos, with Rare German Bisque Head

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11" (28 cm.) Bisque shoulder head of adult lady with heart-shaped face, elongated throat, blonde sculpted hair waved from face, with very full poufed wings, widow's peak and braided trim, firm torso which forms into a cone-shaped skirt and encloses a clockwork mechanism, brass feet, wearing antique silk and tulle costume. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 10 H (shoulders) Patented July 15th, 1862, also in Europe 20 Dec 1862 (skirt). Comments: Autoperipatetikos from the patent designs of Enoch Rich Morrison, circa 1865, marketed by Martin & Runyon; when wound the doll "walks" by alternately lifting each foot. Value Points: well-preserved rare early American mechanical doll with rare bisque head for this model.
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