This object was prized, though not unique; other versions survive, all targeted at the wealthiest clientele. A wind-up mechanism once moved the group forward on hidden wheels, making it vibrate as if with life. Uniting modern technology, precious casework, and visual appeal, automatons were celebrated as a novelty entertainment for guests of the most moneyed classes. Removing the stagâ€™s head reveals a drinking vessel; the diner in front of whom the piece stopped had to drain the cup.
HT: Karen L. Myers.