120-Year-Old Mechanical Device Perfectly Mimics Bird's Song
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A mechanical singing bird mechanism - made around 1890 in Paris.

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In the film I hope you can identify all the major parts and see them working together to make the sound. The mechanism was in a rusted and seized state and has been restored. Surpisingly the bellows are in good original condition.  It was probably made by Blaise Bontems (1814-1893), a noted Parisian specialist in the manufacture of automaton singing birds and the first of a dynasty of automaton manufacturers. Bontems' birds were famous for the realism of their song. His designs featured life-sized birds with porcelain painted panels on the sides of large cages.
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