Walking Doll, 1872-1890

Summary

Toy makers have long experimented with ways that toys could simulate human and other real-life action. Different mechanisms could motivate dolls, engines, cars, boats, and other novelty toys. The mechanism on the two-wheeled vehicle powers the walking doll and turns the wheels around, causing the figure of the boy to rock slightly and the bell to ring.

Toy makers have long experimented with ways that toys could simulate human and other real-life action. Different mechanisms could motivate dolls, engines, cars, boats, and other novelty toys. The mechanism on the two-wheeled vehicle powers the walking doll and turns the wheels around, causing the figure of the boy to rock slightly and the bell to ring.

Artifact

Mechanical doll

Date Made

1872-1890

Creators

Goodwin, William 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Cromwell 

Creator Notes

Patented designs by William Goodwin and George Brown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

58.100.9

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Papier mache
Wood (Plant material)
Iron (Metal)
Tin (Metal)
Muslin
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Black (Color)
Blue
White (Color)
Red
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 13.25 in  (height includes flag pole)

Width: 4.5 in

Length: 12.5 in

Inscriptions

Previously noted on mechanism, now illegible: PATENT 25, 1870 WM F. GOODWIN 1867 / AUG. 27, 1868

Connect 3

Discover curious connections between artifacts.

Learn More