Collected this Ransomes Automaton garden roller this morning. Advertised on gumtree only a 5 minuet drive away it's the middle size in the range at 20" X 20". Price in 1897 £3 7s 6d. Would be interested if anyone knows when it was introduced an how long they were made for. I know the later models weren't as ornate as the early ones.
Hi Stan Excellent roller, earliest Ransomes advertisement I have seen for Automaton Garden Rolls is 1894 & first brochure reference I have is 1896 where they had 18,20,22 & 24in & referred to them as 'New Automaton Garden Roll' 16in introduced in 1897, they continued to use the word 'New' up until around 1907 although the image in brochures was the same as yours from 1896 to 1913, then changing to the standard less ornate circular badge.
Hope that helps.
Thanks Clive, A bit too good to put in the garden so will have to find a space in the shed!