Singing Bird Music Box Automatons
These miniature singing bird boxes have been produced by French, German and Swiss artisans for nearly two centuries, some having been special designs for European royalty, others housing cigarette cases, snuff compartments, etc. They are technological marvels, with extremely intricate internal movements that produce the incredibly realistic sound of real singing birds, combined with the chirping and fluttering movements of a life-like mechanical bird clad in real feathers.
The following pictures are a sample of my collection; some are antique, others are from the early to mid-1900's, and a few new ones as well. All are guaranteed to please and delight.
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EROTIC-THEMED "SWISS ENAMEL" BIRD BOX #7870
SINGING BIRD ON ORANGE TREE
A unique specialty piece by Bontems, this pretty yellow bird sits atop an orange tree and sings a beautiful song. A rarely seen offering. #7878
VINTAGE GERMAN BIRD BOX #7877
GERMAN SINGING BIRD BOX WITH ENAMEL PANELS
A large bird box, with decorative hand-painted panels on all sides. Very unusual design. #7841
SINGING BIRD IN TREE
A rare and unusual singing bird, housed in a metal tree, with a music box in the base. When activated, the tree opens, the bird sings, and the music plays! There is a decorative clock on the front, and not interconnected to the musical movement. This very unique piece that was just recently serviced by our restorer. Comes complete with it's original, fitted velvet carrying case. #716
ANTIQUE BIRD BOX WITH ALARM CLOCK
This very nice brass filigree bird box, made in Germany by Karl Griesbaum, also has an alarm clock mounted atop. #7837
Vintage Gilt Bird Box with 6 Portraits on Ivory #7849
Antique Singing Bird Box "Tabatiere"
An antique gold-plated singing bird box made by the Triberg, Germany firm of Karl Griesbaum (KG). This beautiful box also has a hidden rear "snuff" compartment, and is known as a tabatiere. #7812
Vintage German Singing Bird
This vintage, Karl Griesbaum singing bird box is wonderfully enameled with hand painted scenes and gilt trim. Accompanied by a leather storage box. #7805
Antique German Singing Bird
An antique enamel and gilt singing bird box, made in Germany by Karl Griesbaum, c.1920. With hand-painted enamel lid. #7797
Antique French Singing Bird
This interesting singing bird was made in Paris, France by E. Flajoulot, c.1900. #7833
Antique French Bird Box Tabatiere
A gilded and engraved French bird box, with snuff compartment, made c.1880 by Bontems. #7778
Enameled German Bird Box
A German hand-painted enameled singing bird by MMM. #7768
Swiss Bird Box
A rare late-19th century Swiss bird box, complete with ornate winding key and transit case. #7793
Enameled German Bird Box
This c.1950 German bird box, by Karl Griesbaum, with soft-toned, hand-painted, enamel on all sides, is quite beautiful. #7863