The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things

Rare eight-legged doll

Rare early nineteenth century walking doll with eight legs that rotate like a wheel.

This very rare doll from the early nineteenth century demonstrates a very innovative design for its day: a wheel of legs which allow the doll to ‘walk’ when it is pushed across the floor.

The doll would have originally been costumed in a long dress to hide the leg mechanism, so only two walking feet would have shown at a time.

The value of this remarkable hand-carved doll, with its enamel eyes, coiled chignon, jointed arms and delicately painted features, has not been lost on collectors: it sold for $7500 (USD) in auction in July 2012.

// Image via Theriault’s Antique Doll Auction.

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