Paul Guinan at bigredhair has put together a wonderful "collection of images and information on Victorian-era robots" titled "Mechanical Marvels of the Nineteenth Century".
It features the stories of Boilerplate, supposedly the first combat robot, Steam Man, Electric Man and Automatic Man.
rog-a-matic over at robots.net says "Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Gene Roddenberry would be proud!"
But I think William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, authors of the classic steampunk-novel Difference Engine would be too!
Update: There's photographic evidence some enthusiast resurrected Boilerplate and is renting it to elder ladies as a Gigolo-bot: