A scarce gilt metal and precious stone-encrusted singing bird jewellry box, with rhyme notation bar,
German, Circa 1920,
Read my rhyme and hear my song...
When wound and start/stop pull to right-hand side actuated, the bird emerges through pierced and chased gilt grille, moving metal beak, wings, tailfeather and body from side-to-side to continuous synchronised birdsong.
The bird with multi-coloured feathered plumage in tones of burnt umber, yellow and black, polished lid interior, in twin-part case with the the top half containing the movement, bird lid of very delicate silver filigree fanwork, rhyme notation bar of four positions scrolling forward by one each time bird is actuated, bar terminals and corners with further silver filigree bosses capped with hardstone centres, front with matched diamond filigrees, base half with fitted red velvet interior for jewellry with eight bosses, front centre butterfly with cloisonne enamel infil.
4.1/2in. wide, 3.1/2in. deep, 4.1/4in. high - (11.5 x 8.9 x 10.8cm)
Point of interest -
It is unknown how many, or how few, of these example were made. The rhyme bar is linked to the start/stop rod and a tension spring makes sure it stops in the correct place. As designed, there is one rhyme missing from the bar - a space provided for your very own addition.