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Feeding cats weighted toy

1870-1910
Origin: Europe, Germany (probably)
2 1/4" H without string X 7 1/2" X 5 1/4"
Wood, paint, and string
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1962.1200.25
Four cats sit surrounding a bowl on a flat base with a handle on one side. The cats' heads are separate pieces attached by wires. A string runs from the head down through the underside of their bellies and through holes in the base. The fours strings are knotted together underneath and attached to a wooden knob weight. When the weight moves, the cats' heads bob up and down as if they were drinking from the bowl.