Mechanical box: organ grinder

Object Number: 
1952.40
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Cardboard, glass, paper, sand
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 26 x 21 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on label affixed to back of box: "MECHANICAL BOX,/WITH OUTOMATON,/DIRECTIONS FOR ITS USE./... [in English and German]/GERARD CAMAGNI"
Description: 
Sand toy composed of viewing box made of cardboard with glass window containing colored lithograph of City Hall Park with organ grinder and his monkey entertaining a group of children in the foreground; sand-operated mechanism inside box makes head and arm of organ grinder, monkey, and one child move.
Gallery Label: 
The term "sand toy" is used in Toys in America by Inez and Marshall McClintock (See Publications).
Credit Line: 
Purchase, Foster-Jarvis Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group