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The strings were hit not with a hammer but with a cylinder covered with leather and treated with rosin. Engelmann, “Aus der Geschichte,” 843. 63. Beyer, Faszinierende Welt der Automaten, 72; Wolf, Kaufmanns Trompeterautomat, 29. 64. The trumpeter is kept at the Deutsches Museum under inventory number 4423. The entry for the trumpeter gives this height. 66 During a performance, the barrel moved in its axial direction. For one complete musical piece, the barrel made about six revolutions, which corresponded to a time period of thirty to forty seconds.
Automaton-Making in the Eighteenth Century The eighteenth century was an unusually proliﬁc period in the history of automaton-making, and the automata made during this period 35. , 28–29 (Bentley’s emphasis). 36. Condillac, Traité des sensations. See also Condillac, L’origine des connoissances (1746); and Condillac, Traité des animaux (1755). The relationship between man and animal, and the metaphysical spin-offs of this question, had been at the center of French philosophy ever since Descartes had given the problem a foundation in the early seventeenth century.
Regiomontanus is reported to have constructed a mechanical ﬂy as well as a mechanical ﬂying eagle. 46 By the beginning of the ﬁfteenth century, rapid developments in clock-making and the mechanical arts as well as increasing emphasis on ostentatious representation of political power at princely courts entailed that automata were no longer construed as magical and technical encyclopedias and their twentieth-century renderings found in Heckmann, Die andere Schöpfung; Sauer, Marionetten; Beyer, Faszinierende Welt der Automaten; Swoboda, Der künstliche Mensch.