Tiffany "Flower Girl" Musical Automaton
by Christian Greinacher (031125 MMDigest)

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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:

     TIFFANY
THE FLOWER GIRL
       1875

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
24 Nov 2003 11:56:03 +0100

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25 November 2003