Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Singing bird box

    Singing bird box


    circa 1920

    Silver, wood, steel, brass, feathers, paper, coloured gems; casting, filigree, gilding, gem stones setting, enamel

    622 gr

    Nursery rhyme in English on the paper sticker. On the key: "6", "MADE IN ENGAND", letter "P" in the icon of the ace of spades


    Singing bird box rectangular gold-plated metal case, consisting of two parts - the top and bottom. The bird’s movement is mounted in the upper part of the box. A compartment for jewellery, pasted inside with pink cloth – is in the bottom part. An oval silver lid with a pearl in the center, made in the technique of delicate filigree is in the top side center. Four filigree silver flowers with coloured gems are on the corners. A filigree frame with rectangular window, closing cylinder and wrapped with paper sticker with a nursery rhyme in English is in front of the lid. Filigree decorative elements in rectangular frame with flowers, pearls and coloured gems in the chaplets’ middles are on the lateral sides. A keyhole is on the top inner side. Three bottom sides of the box are decorated with silver filigree flowers with silver engraved "pearls" in the chaplets’ middles. Silver filigree butterfly decorated with blue and yellow enamel is on the front side. When the bird's movement is turned on, the lid is opened by a lever, a miniature bird in coloured feathers appears from under it; it turns in its place, flaps its wings, opens and closes the beak. The sound movement imitates bird’s chirping. At the end of the program the bird is hidden under the openwork gilded lattice and the lid is lowered.

    A crown with two rods, connected by a flat ring.