Peter Pan oats monkey automaton Chad valley
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A rare electric 'Peter Pan Oats' double monkey automaton, by Fife Engineering Ltd., circa 1947, one of a handful made for wholesalers,
£2,500 - 3,500
US$ 4,200 - 5,900
Lot Details
A rare electric 'Peter Pan Oats' double monkey automaton, by Fife Engineering Ltd.,
circa 1947, one of a handful made for wholesalers,
with the two seated monkeys with papier-mâché heads, dressed in white cloaked perjarmers, part-striped bottoms, tartan barets, yellow metal spectacles (one loose), moving heads, eyes, one holding a flag for 'PETER PAN' Scottish Oats in blue, taking in turns to raise spoons of porridge to mouths from the blue service on the dark grained wood refectory table between, on full two-tone brown velour covered mechanism base - 22in. (56cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Of the few that were produced for Peter Pan Oats Company to use in shop windows, this is one of only four double monkey models known to survive. Around fifteen single monkey models were made and it is thought that the larger double versions, of which only 20 were manufactured, were used for outlets such as department stores.
    Due to the electrical parts shortage following the war, the motors were invariably dynamos and as such, as a comment made on a retailer's comment form seen in a private collection states, "...does the trick, but pretty noisy!"
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