This is a German Singing Bird Cage Music Box Automata. While I do not know how old this is or who made it, I do know it is probably not ancient, but know it was not made yesterday. I have no way to check it. It is missing its key, and the bird clearly has seen better days. I know little about musical boxes, I know NOTHING about this kind of automata other than it is supposed to tweet and sing like a bird. I received this in a box lot of other “stuff” that I bought to get one item. The rest of it I have been trying to get onto other homes. So here is a little about what I see: it stands about 13 inches tall with the hanging ring up. Attached to the ring is a chain to hang from a stand or shelf. The bottom diameter is approximately 7 inches. The bottom is stamped “Made in Germany” There is also remnants of a paper label. The tiny bit I can see of the label has 3 arrows, which I assume are for the switch position and part of the word intermittent? The bottom also has 3 brass ball feet. As noted above I do not have the key. The circular brass base needs a major polishing. It is badly tarnished and in some areas is about black. The flat bars of the cage appear to be in good condition, but again need to be polished. I know it is probably not ancient is that the body of the bird appears to be either celluloid or some other form of early style plastic. The cage lining is very dark. It could probably stand a cleaning or replacement. On the whole it is a neat piece but clearly needs lots of TLC Please see the photos and ask any questions that you might have. Please see my other auctions for more neat things, toys, parts etc. The item “Antique German Singing Bird Cage Automata Parts Old Music Box” is in sale since Thursday, August 06, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “i-talk1″ and is located in Bensenville, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, to China, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, TH, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, RU, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, to Switzerland, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, TR, BR, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.
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