ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)

Jan 08
2016
ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)


ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)



A VERY RARE SOLID SILVER, BEJEWELED, ENGRAVED AND ENAMELED SINGING BIRD BOX WITH CLOCK IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION – DATED 1888. This amazing singing bird box was crafted on June 2, 1888 and is marked as such. This also sings an entirely different bird song than all other going barrel based bird box examples and the original, pinned, solid brass movement with wooden bellows and zephyr skin has been fully serviced and works flawlessly. Antique, silver, engraved and/or guilloched and enameled bird boxes are desirable pieces in and of themselves. If the case also has a clock (rare), that makes the piece truly special and highly sought after. This case features all the above and also exceptionally well detailed solid silver and bejeweled sprites (sometimes referred to as nisse in Norwegian folklore) sitting beneath a large solid silver and enameled tree with two enameled and bejeweled birds. The automaton singing bird rests beneath the tree canopy. This incredibly artistic case is solid silver and took an enormous amount of time and skill to create. All of the enamel work is true fired enamel. The front of the case features a clock with an amethyst bejeweled bezel. All four sides of the bottom case piece feature different engraved scenes (finely executed) accented with gorgeous enamel and the top case piece is also engraved and accented with enamel. The sprites are bejeweled with what appear to be rubies and sapphires and of course, seed pearls on the back. Even the the tiny toadstools are both engraved and enameled. Please zoom in and look closely at the fine details and watch the video where I provide a full 360 degree perspective which showcases all of the pertinent details in full HD quality. The intricacy and quality of this piece is superb and the gems really sparkle. The bird is highly colorful boasting a rainbow of colorful iridescent hummingbird feathers (blue, turquoise, green, red, yellow 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 cosmetic and mechanical condition is pristine. It is amazing for an enameled piece, especially one like this with the large tree and figurines on top, to survive 127 years in this condition. The case is not marked but is definitely solid silver. They are real gemstones and original to the piece. Surprisingly, nearly all of the original jewels are intact. I believe in 100% disclosure and transparency so I inspected everything: there is one missing gem from the right elf’s inner waistcoat, one missing gem on the right bird’s wing and several tiny missing seed pearls on the sprite’s backsides. The clock works and keeps respectable time for a 127 year old cylinder escapement movement. IN SUMMARY – A VERY FINE AND RARE AUTOMATON CLOCK IN REMARKABLE CONDITION. This bird box has been fully serviced (cleaned, adjusted, lubricated) including recovering the original wooden bellows with fresh zephyr skin so this antique singing bird box operates perfectly and is ready for decades of worry free enjoyment. 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, bird turns left/right all the while singing to a beautiful oscillating bird song that is synchronized to the bird animation. PLEASE EXPLORE MY OTHER LISTINGS. CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE AS I ENJOY SHARING WHAT I KNOW. Troy Duncan, CPA, retired. The item “ANTIQUE SILVER ENAMEL CLOCK SINGING BIRD BOX AUTOMATON MUSIC BOX (WATCH VIDEO)” is in sale since Saturday, January 02, 2016. 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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