Sand toy

Object Number: 
INV.8092
Date: 
ca. 1850
Medium: 
Cardboard, glass, paper, sand
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 9 1/8 x 2 1/4 in. ( 17.8 x 23.2 x 5.7 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on label affixed to back of box: "MECHANICAL BOX/WITH AUTOMATON./DIRECTIONS FOR ITS USE./.../GERARD CAMAGNI./..."
Description: 
Sand toy composed of viewing box made of cardboard with glass window containing colored lithograph of interior with fireplace in which a black man dances between two seated black musicians; sand-operated mechanism inside box makes head and arm of musicians and dancing figure move.
Gallery Label: 
The term "sand toy" is used in Toys in America by Inez and Marshall McClintock (See Publications).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group