An Automata, sometimes called Automaton, is a self-operating machine. The word “automaton” is the latinization of the Greek, αὐτόματον, automaton, or “acting of one’s own will”. It is normally used to describe non-eletrical moving machines that resemble people or animals that perform certain repeating tasks, such as writing or appearing to play chess.
Phillip DeMerch was a french clock & toy-maker who specialised in automatons. He lived around 150 years ago, in a small town south of Paris. His work was not really known outside of his hometown, but those in the trade would travel from across the country, sometimes even the world just to see his work.
His most famous piece was...Read More