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Tiffany "Flower Girl" Musical Automaton
By Christian Greinacher

Hello all,  I would ask you to help me in finding out who was the
maker of a fine musical automaton, which I can describe as follows:
It is a "Flower Girl" framed like a picture, the frame is about 70
by 45 cm [27.5 x 18 inches].  On the front glass are printed golden
letters (not very easy to read) that show:


On the backside of the automaton the original label says:

Made exclusively for Tiffany Studios
     London - Paris - New York

The Great Parisian Exhibition 1875
       Exposition d'Art
  No. 5  (this is handwritten)

    Gold Medal of Merit
Loci(?) Universal Exhibition
       Music Automata
   <picture of a factory>

Everything is in original condition, but in this very moment the
movement does not work.  Before I open the frame to inspect and
to repair the movement, I would like to get as much information
as possible about this automaton.  Most important is: Who made
this automaton? How many of it were made, how many do still exist?

Greetings from Germany
Christian Greinacher

 [ See the photos at  -- Robbie

(Message sent Mon 24 Nov 2003, 10:56:03 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

Key Words in Subject:  Automaton, Flower, Girl, Musical, Tiffany

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