Rare Spratts Automaton c.1905


We were privileged enough to uncover this museum example in an old grocery store in South of England earlier this month, the shop keeper said it has been in the family for over 40 years previously. This item can be seen working on our Instagram page at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9G7j2inWPV/


We are proud to offer a rare example of a circa 1905 English Spratts advertising clockwork shop counter display automaton, featuring an elderly man and women with a jack Russell and cat. This is a truly unique item and you won’t find another like it. The automaton is animated by turning the clockwork mechanism, this in term begins the action of the lady and gent nodding their heads back and forth, the lady also begins to stroke the jack Russell. The gent then gently lifts the lid of the Spratts box to reveal a kitten, the lid is then slammed shut and the action is repeated. This advertising display can be wound for up to 3 – 4 hours of movement and can easily be stopped manually.

Size in inches approx.: H 13.5” x W 17.5” x D 4.5”

Units: 1

Extra: This item comes with its original turnkey (TO ONLY BE WOUND ANTI CLOCKWISE)

Age: 1905

Origin: United Kingdom

Item Condition

This item shows age as you can see, wear and tear in the form of natural patina across original card lithograph is present, with frayed edges and colour fading in sections across the surface. The lithograph card image is firmly attached to a wooden crate structure with the lid that can be removed to gain access to the clockwork mechanism. The mechanism is in overall very good condition and has recently been cleaned and oiled with new movement cotton thread attached to move the components to this item. Overall, for its age this item has been very well taken care of and is in very good condition, its still got many more years left in it.


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