Music Box

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Rectangular tortoise shell box with hinged back, containing key. Oval, hinged and parcel-gilt medallion on top, engraved with flying crane and flowers. Catch on front of box opens this medallion and releases a small feather-covered bird. This automaton beats its wings, opens and closes its beak and pivots on a vertical axis while twittering. Beneath it, a cut-out medallion with and scrolls. B) a key. Made in: France. Date: 1770s. Record ID: chndm_1958-42-1-a_b.

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