Singing Birds

Singing birds automaton

    Singing birds automaton


    Circa 1900

    Glass, metal, painted feathers of birds; casting, mechanical work

    55 x 24 x 24 cm, 3.2 kg

    On the case: marks of German silver "800"


    Small tree with two trunks, decorated with silk flowers and leaves is fixed on cast silver cylindrical base with the embossed ornaments on three supports and mossy hummock with flowers. Four birds with long beaks in bright plumage and butterflies are sitting on the branches.  Cam mechanism with bellows, piccolo pipe and spring motor is mounted inside the stand. Winding key is on the bottom panel right side, activating lever on the right side. When the movement is activated, the bird warbles are heard, its tail moves, the beak opens and closes. Protective hood is in the set.