I have sent my first automaton through the post and it arrived all working and in one piece.
One of the highlights of each Christmas is the strange fairy that I receive from my friend Sue. We have been doing a fairy swap for years and this year I used my fairy for Sue to see if an automaton would survive a transatlantic crossing. The fairy is a bit experimental as I gave it strings to work the wings and arms, she has quite a puppet like suspended arm swing. But the automaton surviving the posting is great as I can now start selling them.
I think that I always come off the better for the swap as I get the most fabulous fairy from her. I have a superb enamel one this year.