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Mechanical box: boy and girl on seesaw

Object Number: 
INV.7906
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Cardboard, glass, paper, sand
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/8 x 6 x 2 1/2 in. ( 20.6 x 15.2 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on label affixed to back of box: "MECHANICAL B.../WITH AUTOMATON./DIRECTIONS FOR ITS USE./... [in English, German, and French]/GERARD CAMAGNI"
Description: 
Sand toy composed of viewing box made of cardboard with glass window containing colored lithograph of landscape with river and mill; sand-operated mechanism inside box makes mill wheel turn and seesaw in foreground (with girl on left and boy on right) move up and down.
Gallery Label: 
The term "sand toy" is used in Toys in America by Inez and Marshall McClintock (See Publications).
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group