Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Germany, Pforzheim

    middle of the 20th century

    Brenk Emil

    Silver, metal, painted bird's feathers; gold plating, casting, punch work, painted enamel

    4.4 x 9.8 x 6.4 cm, 563 gr

    "STERLING", "E.RUHL VII", mark "EB" in oval, figures "925" in rectangular frame


    Singing bird box in rectangular metal gold-plated case with rounded vertical ribs. The top part of the case is decorated with punched ornament and covered with green transparent enamel. An oval lid with enamelled image of pastoral scene on the external side is in the center. The lid internal side has mirror-polishing. A laced lattice hiding the bird is under the lid. Lateral panels are decorated with punch work and engraving along the perimeter. The lever for the movement activating that winded by a key, is on the front side. When the movement is started, the lid is folded upwards, a miniature bird appears from under the lattice. It turns in place, waves the wings, opens and closes the beak; the sound movement imitates bird’s chirping. When the movement operation is over, the bird hides and the cover goes down. The bird’s movement is made as per the scheme developed in Switzerland in 1895. The movement is cam-type  with one whistle and air bellows.