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Master Percy Praises The Lever Museum

Master Percy Praises The Lever Museum

Eighteenth century England produced a lot of child proteges who were often put on display by their partents and guardians in a way that to modern eyes seems like exploitation, but for families of humble birth could provide a welcome income. Some went on to achieve well deserved success such as the future President of … Continue reading

A Must for Your Next Banquet

A Must for Your Next Banquet

This is a piece of automata from about 1585, showing a mediaeval galleon which formed the centre piece of the finest banquets. It began with a tune by an organ inside the hull, then travelled across the table, ending with several guns firing.

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

width=”300″ height=”168″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-10258″ /> This is a wonderful automata from the Victoria and Albert Museum, showing how passive those pesky colonials could be. It is Tipo the tiger, an automata owned by Tipu Sultan who died after a battle with the East India Company in Seringapatom, India in 1799. They brought it to … Continue reading