Bontems Musical bird box. 1880s vintage. As the bird sings, he turns from side to side, flaps his wings, moves his tail, and opens and closes his beak. A very high quality bird box of its day. Case is pure tortoise shell. Has hand engraved metal top lid. Ivory beak. Feathers on bird are real bird feathers. A very rare example with a hidden snuff compartment in rear (shown in one of the pictures). Works beautifully. Bird sings several different song verses. Approx Dimensions: side to side = 4", front to rear = 2-5/8", top to bottom = 1-1/4". Winds on the bottom. One of the most beautiful and superb bird boxes I have ever seen.
Item number: 247
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