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    Two German Automaton Bird Cages, 20th century
    Marks to larger: (Karl Griesbaum Workshop cipher), Made in Germany, KEN-D (in diamond)
    Marks to smaller: MADE IN WEST GERMANY
    11-1/2 x 6-3/8 inches (29.2 x 16.2 cm) (larger)

    These two German automatons differ in quality of decoration and materials, but serve to entertain with animated singing birds. The larger cage is of solid gilt brass, while the smaller cage is painted metal. The bird in the larger cage sings while it's beak, head and tail move. Both cages are internally key-wound with on/off switches. A later plastic and oak dome is included, dome measures 13-1/4 x 9-1/8 inches.

    Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500.

    Condition Report*: The larger cage gilding shows wear and spotted oxidation.  The smaller cage wires are bent and shows dusty and soiled.  The larger bird cage appears to be functional, while the smaller cage does not.  Heritage does not guarantee the working order or completeness of automaton mechanisms.
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