Tiger, Leap of Death
This Tiger was made in around 1880 by the Parisian makers Roullet & Decamps. The body and tail have been removed to give access to the mechanism. The clockwork drive motor has an interesting additional feature to add to the repertoire of movements…a loud ROAR.
The roar is achieved by the addition of a small tin drum, the vellum covering the drum has a quill cemented through a hole in the centre. As the Tiger sits back on his haunches the quill tip is brought closer to the fast spinning fly. The contact of the fly on the quill produces a roar that increases in intensity the deeper the contact between them. In this video the Tiger flips over because the body has been removed, affecting the balance.