Mechanical Singing-bird Tabatières
Singing-bird boxes are much sought after tod ay but until now there has been very little information abou t them. This is a complete record of the development, constr uction and restoration of these miniature mechanical marvels, and is well illustrated. '
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What is a Singingbird Box?
JaquetDroz to Reuge A Brief Historical Survey
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