The idea of putting a clock into a case shaped like a person seems to have been an 1870 inspiration. Cases were made to resemble both men and women. The clock was placed in the stomach of the figure. Some of them had animated features with eyes designed to roll back and forth with each tick of the clock. Clocks of this type are known as blinking eye clocks. Other types of fantasy clocks included clocks with pendulums topped by figures of women swinging back and forth, glass clocks with no obvious mechanism, skeleton clocks, and water clocks.
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