Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Germany, Triberg, Pforzheim


    Movement is made by "Karl Griesbaum" company, the case - by Brenk Emil company

    Silver, brass, steel, painted birds' feathers; punch work, gold-plating, champleve enamel, painted enamel

    5 х 10 х 6.25 cm

    Lettering, notes: «METALL»; Oval mark with “EB” letters inside.

    Singing bird box in metal gold-plated case decorated with punched patterns and enamel. Mountain landscapes are depicted on the side surfaces and a pastoral scene is on the top panel. A miniature movement  is mounted inside the box. It is launched by the spring. The movement activating lever is located on the case front side. An oval lid that hides a bird is in the center of the topr side. When the movement is activated, the lid hinges up and a bird in colourful plumage appears from under it. The bird turns from side to side, waves its wings, opens and closes the beak. The chirping is heard. Several seconds later the bird stops and hides. The cover goes down. The movement was constructed as per the scheme developed in 1895 in Switzerland. The movement is a cam-controlled automated device with one whistle and air bellows.