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Winter Automata Fair

November 14, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Michael StartWinter Automata Fair – 28th November 2012

This event was an evening for collectors, enthusiasts and the curious…

There will be a unique opportunity to buy archive prints, posters, automata and kits as well as a several push-button exhibits.
Open 5pm to 8pm (or by appointment from 11 a.m.).

Automata expert Michael Start from the House of Automata will join us for the evening. Michael worked as Automaton & Horological Advisor for Martin Scorsese’s highly acclaimed film Hugo which features a clockwork automaton. Michael will talk about his film experience and share some of his work with us.

Space Station Sixty-Five
65 North Cross Road
London, SE22 9ET

Pottery in Motion

August 30, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

pottery in motionBy special request we have a very small edition (only 4) of Pottery in Motion from the Fourteen Balls Toy Company.

Designed by Paul Spooner, here we see Anubis Lord of the Mummy Wrappings, keeping two coffee cups and saucers spinning by his deft control of two poles.


The Price of Chickens

October 24, 2006 by · Comments Off 

The Price of ChickensAvid automata collector and author of ‘Stormbreaker’ Anthony Horowitz is the delighted owner of Matt Smith’s 2004 piece, The Price of Chickens. Read more

‘Matchstick Nibblers’ Finished

October 2, 2006 by · Comments Off 

Matchstick NibblerThe wonderful first edition of ‘The Matchstick Nibbler’ from the Fourteen Balls Toy Company are now finished.

This is a favourite piece from our collection made by Paul Spooner piece in 1982. It’s full title is ‘How to Make a Model Goat from Odds and Ends No: 15′ – Nibbling Matchsticks to produce curved horns.

The man nibbles away at his tasty snack of matches (sometimes known as ‘lucifers’) as he eats two devil-like horns appear from the top of his head by means of the bellows action. When the cranking stops the horns slowly recede back into his head.
Everyone who has been very patiently waiting for theirs will receive them this week by Express Courier.

Although these were available as special commission only, we actually have a spare one still available – so click here if you are interested in buying it.