Singing Bird Cage

ticktock19852004

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I know this isn't a clock. But, it has gears and bellows. I found this yesterday at an antique shop. Priced at $195.00. I ended up trading the dealer a grandfather clock for this. This bird has a set of lungs on him. He sings at good volume. The bellows and reservoir seem to be in perfect condition and it sings and operates perfectly. Let me know what ya think!
p.s. forgot to mention while singing the bird turns his head from side to side, opens his beak, and flutters his tail in rythm with the calls.

Thanks!

Neal
 

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Kevin W.

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Neat clock Neal, my buddy has one of these and thinks it,s pretty cool.
 

Burkhard Rasch

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Verry nice "clock",Neal,Congrats!Do You know how old it is and who made it?
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ticktock19852004

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I would venture to guess Griesbaum manufactured it. They were one of the leading manufacturer's of mechanical bird cages in Germany. Probably from the early 1900's. An example of one almost identical to this one was on the Antiques Roadshow. The only difference was the bird color. Which they made each cage with a different colored bird. The movement looks quiet complex, but once you get down to the principle of it, they're really not any more difficult than servicing a musical cuckoo clock.


Thanks!

Neal
 

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