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Author Topic: Glass toy, Palm trees, monkey and elephant.  (Read 128 times)

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Offline Coupsdestylo

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Glass toy, Palm trees, monkey and elephant.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:52:08 AM »
They have one of these in the Neuhaus museum. The tree trunks are glass springs and it's actually a Toy! move a palm tree and the spring oscillates and the monkeys climb down. It's really very good and quite different from the figurine palm tree sets that sometimes turn up.

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Re: Glass toy, Palm trees, monkey and elephant.
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 01:58:41 PM »
It's fabulous, thank-you. :)
Cheers, Sue (M)
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Re: Glass toy, Palm trees, monkey and elephant.
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 07:41:14 AM »
Thanks.
Finally arrived, so can post better picture of the springs, does someone here collect mechanical glass toys?
I haven't been able to find any references to springs like these yet, will keep hunting.

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Re: Glass toy, Palm trees, monkey and elephant.
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 09:49:11 AM »
Apparently clockmaker EJ Dent (Houses of Parliament clock) was experimenting with glass balance springs in 1833!!

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Re: Glass toy, Palm trees, monkey and elephant.
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 10:52:09 AM »
Thank you I will try and look it up.
I found a picture of one I took in the museum, along with a spinning wheel. I must admit to being fascinated by mechanical glass ever since I got my first carousel. I'm really tempted to get a lightmill :-)

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Re: Glass toy, Palm trees, monkey and elephant.
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2017, 01:29:52 PM »
 :)
I share your fascination with functional glass, I used to work in labs and some of the pieces I used were just amazing and had to be specially made by the scientific glassblower, but your mechanical things make me terribly, terrribly nervous. ;D
They're so delicate and fragile!
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