19c Singing Bird Box Automaton Music Box With Bas Relief Decoration No Reserve
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19c Singing Bird Box Automaton Music Box With Bas Relief Decoration No Reserve:
19C SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX WITH BAS RELIEF DECORATION
This listingis for antique automaton singing bird music box. The box measures 4 by 2 5/8 by 1 1/2 inches or 10 by 7 by 4 cm.
The box is gold plate over silver. The box works by a clock work mechanism that is wound by key at the bottom of the case. There is a lever on the right side that one pulls out and lets go of. By doing this a small feathered bird pops out of the case and is under a cover with bas relief raised work of musical instruments and flowers. The bird flaps it's wings, turns and flaps it's beak. The bird is covered in feathers.
The top of the case is embossed with a landscape with a musician playing and clarinet to a shepherdess and her flock. This is in a forested landscape. The fours sides of the box are embossed with cherubs and doves in a foliate landscape.
The mechanical portion of the box is in perfect working order. The mechanism is strong and the bird pops out and the lid closes vigorously. The bird however does not sing just clicks. This I believe is do to the internal bellows having a leak somewhere. Ihave taken the box apart and the bellows works fine, but there is air escaping. This should go to a more capable repair person.
The patina of the box is unpolished and it is in it's original gold vermeil or gold plating. This gold plating has worn in spots and has darkened somewhat. The box comes with a winding key. A good and very pretty antique automaton. This is a link on Youtube to see the bird work: see many photos. There is .
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