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Gold-Plated Singing Bird Box and Clock

$18,850

About

Combining a diminutive clock and a charming automaton, this Swiss bird box is a mechanical work of art. Enveloped in an intricately engraved gold-plated case, its complex mechanism springs to life with the simple press of a button. When activated, the hinged lid opens to reveal the feathered automaton bird, which springs from beneath a pierced grill. The bird chirps and flaps with remarkable realism, while the sound of its birdsong is produced by small bellows in the box's interior. When the song is complete, the bird disappears back inside the gold-plated case, and the lid closes behind it. Marked "Swiss Made" and numbered 366, circa 1880. 4 1/4" wide x 2 1/2" deep x 1 1/2" wide

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)Width: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)Depth: 2.5 in. (6.35 cm)
  • Style
    Other (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Gold Plate,Engraved
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 30-70951stDibs: LU891113380531

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  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New Orleans, LA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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