ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)

Dec 16
2015
ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


A truly rare antique (circa 1890s) Austro-Hungarian Empire singing bird box in beautiful cosmetic condition that works perfectly. Solid silver and bejeweled case with c. Enamel and incredibly intricate silver thread work designs. I acquire and sell a lot of singing bird boxes and I have never seen one like this. The solid silver case was crafted by renowned Austro-Hungarian silversmith. Móric Wisinger in the late 1890’s. Several of his pieces are on collection at the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art. The top and all four sides have panels featuring intricate silver thread work, c. Enamel designs and gemstones. The case is appropriately hallmarked for the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna assay office and for. The bird is brilliantly colored featuring iridescent hummingbird feathers that match the case perfectly (red, green, blue and gold). Iridescent feathers present themselves differently depending upon the light source and viewing angle. I tried to capture the beauty of this bird using different angles in my video but cameras never do these feathers justice. Overall condition is excellent including the enamel. The case measures approximately 9.5 cm square and 13 cm tall; 7 cm tall excluding the enameled dome. I fully serviced (cleaned, adjusted, lubricated) the mechanical movement so this singing bird box operates perfectly. The bellows were just freshly recovered with zephyr skin and are good for another two generations at least. Buyers should be cautious when purchasing an antique singing bird box – always insist on seeing a photo of the mechanical movement for any singing bird box described as “antique”. This significantly impacts both current value and future value appreciation. The bird animates perfectly as follows: wings flap up/down, beak opens/closes, tail flutters up/down all the while singing to a beautiful oscillating bird song that is synchronized to the bird animation. WATCH THE VIDEOS (the first video is with dome removed, the second is fully assembled). PLEASE EXPLORE MY OTHER LISTINGS. CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE AS I ENJOY SHARING WHAT I KNOW. Troy Duncan, CPA, retired. The item “ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)” is in sale since Sunday, November 29, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “singingbirdbox” and is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.

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