Monday, November 01, 2010
Caterpillar Automaton from 1820
The Ethiopian Caterpillar, an amazing little automaton from 1820. 1820!
It's attributed to Henri Maillardet, who created the astounding Draughtsman-Writer automaton now at the Franklin Institute.
Sotheby's catalogue shows the machine in gaudy close-up.
Hat tip to the fascinating Automata/Automaton Blog.