Electric window figure: window tapping Chinaman

The figure moves its arms, eyes, eyebrows and mouth. The index finger on the right hand taps the window pane to attract the attention of passers by. According to Wynne Davenport this figure was definitely in a Davenport shop window. She told the story that a policemean came into the shop requesting that the figure was unplugged because so many prople had gathered on the pavement that it was causing an obstruction. Many years later it was found in very poor condition by John Davenport in a Davenport store and was renovated by Tony Middleton, who may be seen in one of the images. The motor is 120 volts and the figure may well have been made in Germany. It is not known how the figure was originally dressed. It is possible that it was designed to smoke a pipe, which would be consistent with the mouth movements.


Size Date
Date Probably 1920s or 1930s.
Key Phrases
Ref no N62

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