Mechanical doll

Jules Nicholas Steinerca. 1885

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Jules Nicholas Steiner learned the skills of a clock maker and applied his talents to the manufacture of mechanical toys and dolls. He founded a toy-making firm in 1855 and filed several patents for the mechanical workings of his toys. Steiner sold his factory but the firm continued to make dolls with the Steiner name until 1905. This doll contains a wire-operated level that opens and closes the eyes and a bellows connected to a pullstring which activiates a crying mechanism.

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  • Title: Mechanical doll
  • Creator: Jules Nicholas Steiner
  • Date Created: ca. 1885
  • Location: France
  • Type: Dolls from the Nineteenth Century
  • Medium: composition, bisque
  • Object ID: 77.6504