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Coffee Drinking Moor Electric Automaton. Circa 1900s. Painted papier-mache head with moving brown glass eyes, articulated smiling mouth with exposed row of teeth, fleeced hair and eyebrows, realistic eyelashes, expressively painted features, and wearing a fez. He is seated cross-legged with black papier-mache hands and legs, holding a silvered metal cup and coffee pitcher. When activated, he serves himself coffee, bringing the pitcher over to the cup, pouring coffee inside and making a drinking motion, all the while energetically moving his lips, eyebrows, and eyes and turning his head from side to side. Tubing inside the cup would allow actual coffee to be used. 28 x 17 ½ x 14”. Base with a later vinyl covering and leopard-print blanket, costume and slippers newer replacements. Working condition.

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Coffee Drinking Moor Electric Automaton.

Estimate $5,000 - $7,500Sep 28
Chicago, IL, USA
Auction Curated By:
Gabe Fajuri
Magic Memorabilia Specialist