Mechanical singing-bird tabatières
Introduced in the 1780s as a nobleman's toy, it later became an affordable and popular article. This is the only book about these animated music boxes featuring a mechanical singing and moving bird. As an internationally renowned restorer of tabatieres, Geoffrey T. Mayson is the foremost expert on the subject.
While highly sought after in today's collectibles market, there has been little-to-no accessible information regarding tabatieres. Maysoh's book represents a complete record of the development, construction and restoration of these miniature mechanical marvels.
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