Mechanical box: woman dancer

Object Number: 
ca. 1850
Cardboard, glass, paper, sand
Overall: 6 x 4 x 2 1/8 in. ( 15.2 x 10.2 x 5.4 cm )
Sand toy composed of viewing box made of cardboard with glass window containing movable paper cut-out of a female dancer in a red dress; sand-operated mechanism inside box makes the dancer move.
Gallery Label: 
The term "sand toy" is used in Toys in America by Inez and Marshall McClintock (See Publications). According to accession records, this toy belonged to Sarah J. Mills (1828-1884), daughter of John Mills of New York City.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Morgan H. Seacord
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group