Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box

    Germany, Triberg, Pforzheim

    Middle of the 20th century

    Karl Griesbaum firm - movement , Brenk Emil - case

    Silver, yellow metal, feathers, brass, leather, wood; gilding, guilloche, chasing, painted enamel

    6 х 10.2 х 6.7 cm, 593 gr

    On the bottom surface: "STERLING"; in rectangular frame "925"; in oval "EB"


    The box with a singing bird in metal case which is decorated by chased patterns and enamel. Painted enamel image is on the upper side: a boy and a girl herding a sheep are relaxing on the lawn. The image is ornated with two thin chased frames with transparent blue enamel border between them. The central part of the enamel image is on the round lid, the inner side of which is mirror-polished. The lateral surfaces are decorated with blue transparent enamel inserts of different shapes on guilloche background combined with the chased frames and wavy lines. Painted enamel mountain scenery images in oval frames are on the box lateral sides. A sliding lever for winding the movement is on the front side. The bottom surface is smooth, with an exquisite chased pattern in the form of a triple frame with leaves in the corners. The inscription in Latin letters, an assay mark and a maker's mark are between the frame lines. A keyhole is inside the frame. A lever for switching the bird's movement on is on the front side. The oval lid opens automatically during the operation of the movement and a tiny bird in painted feathers appears. It spins, flaps its wings and tail, turns the head, opens and closes the beak; the sound movement imitates bird's chirping. After a few seconds the bird stops and hides. There is another movement in the box - the music one. It can be activated independently. The movement is made according to the scheme, developed in Switzerland in 1895. Movement is cam-controlled with a whistle and bellow.