Fairground Vending Machine Clown7

Vending Machine Clown

A cool automaton clown from a fairground vending machine, circa latter part of the 20th century…

SKU: RC0683.

Product Description

A cool clown display figure…

Although we are unsure of the actual age of this piece, we would suggest that it dates to the latter part of the 20th century, circa 1980s. The clown would have been the centre piece of a coin operated vending machine, housed behind a perspex box. One would have inserted maybe a 10p or 20p coin (to buy a small toy), and the clown would move and mime along to a song in the background. The clown was therefore in the form of an automaton, and this piece shows all of the electrical workings on the reverse of the figure…

Although we haven’t tested the clown, we are offering this as cool collectable or display piece. It’s lightweight in its build, with a light wooden frame and then a variety of materials making up the face and the clothing. From the reverse (and as pictured), one will note the back is relatively hollow, as this is where the mechanics were and how it attached to the machine itself. That said, we were able to make the clown sit (for display purposes) and we think this would be a cool talking point in ones home or in a retail or leisure environment. It’s a colourful and fun piece, which would certainly cause a few talking points…

We are offering this piece in ‘as found’ condition, therefore there is some natural wear and tear. The figure is structurally good and lightweight. There are some natural surface scars and scratches from usage, and some small cracks or tears to the material. There’s a few tatty areas and obviously some losses to the material, exposing some of the mechanics at the back. That said, we feel the current condition simply adds to its charm and authenticity. Please do study the photos for your own analysis, as it would be difficult to highlight all of the imperfections

Dimensions : Depth : 45cm, Width : 58cm, Height : 54cm

Condition : Structurally good, surface marks and scratches, some paint chipping, a little tatty in places, a little dirty in places, some losses to the material, electrical components not tested (therefore sold for display purposes), broken strings on the guitar

Postage : Standard Item £10 or local collection

You can view this product in our Ralph & Co. showroom in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0AA

We are open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm or 7 days a week via a personal appointment. Please do get in touch 07592 534 977

Additional Information

Dimensions 45 x 58 x 54 cm