Signed 'Frank Nelson 11 '81', The hand cranked movement reveals messages and thoughts as Sam the Sailor sleeps, 16ins. (41cm.) wide.
The inspiration for this automaton was 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas. Sam the Sailor lies sleeping in his bunk and 'thought bubbles' are revealed showing his recollection of people and places past.
The the back of the instruments are Frank Nelson's original sketches for this creation.