One Week!

Bluebeard’s Machine will be released in exactly 7 days. This is very exciting news. 🙂

To fill your time until then (because I know everyone will be waiting with bated breath), may I bring you a video of an automaton caterpillar built in 1820?

Why yes, yes I shall.

From the Sotheby’s Catalogue:

The body realistically designed to represent a caterpillar comprising eleven jointed ring segments, framed by seed pearls, and decorated with translucent red enamel over an engine-turned ground, studded overall with gold-set rubies, turquoise, emeralds,and diamonds. The underside is decorated with champlevé black enamel. When the automaton movement is engaged, the caterpillar crawls realistically, its body moving up and down simulating the undulations of a caterpillar by means of a set of gilt-metal knurled wheels. The automata work is composed of a barrel, cam and two leavers all working together to create the crawling motion.

And if you have $350,000 to $450,000 beneath your mattress, this lovely Ethiopian Caterpillar can be yours!


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