The "ScaraBooth" Remarkable House-cleaning Automaton
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"...sumptuous... the detailing is magnificent! It's the patina, the detail in the shell resonates depth... and it's the polish that exposes that exquisite surface... and you have used high-quality Tecalemit parts... altogether yielding a unique piece of engineering in a pure art form... Congratulations on another meisterwerk!"
Mark de Jong - Auckland, New Zealand
"It really does look as though it would scurry round the house cleaning into every corner."
Steve Woodbridge, Sculptor - Buckinghamshire, UK
"This is an awesome piece of work! A bizarre Steampunk household sidekick. Brilliant!"
Ed Elliott, Sculptor - Herefordshire, UK
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When this astounding appliance first hit the Edwardian marketplace, it was extremely popular with, not only the toffs, but also the middle classes - with this device pootling around their suburban villas, continuously and completely-automatically hoovering up (whoops, that word not invented yet!) everything on the floor, it allowed them to fire at least one servant (who would otherwise have spent most of their time cleaning) - and maybe spend the money saved on one of them new-fangled "automobile" contraptions instead....
Once you had trained your remaining staff in the vagaries of the ScaraBooth's slightly temperamental methanol-steam propulsion system, you could go out for a ride around the countryside in your new horseless carriage, to while away the time you'd saved!
Hubert Booth was credited with the invention of the powered vacuum cleaner - but not many people know that he collaborated with Charles Babbage (by some, considered to be the "father of the computer") to create this little mechanical-brain-on-legs for the specific purpose of taking on drudgery that nobody else wanted to do (except servants, who were desperate for the money). Alan Turing, eat your heart out!
Materials: brass, copper, safety-valve, grease-guns, blow-torch parts, fire-hose, bed-frame parts
Dimensions: 20" x 22" x 12" (51cm x 56cm x 30cm)
Weight: 12lb (5Kg)
This piece is currently on display in the gallery at The Sculpture Park near Farnham in Surrey.
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