Silver Warbler Box
The last of the great makers of singing bird boxes in the true tradition of Jaquet-Droz is the Bruguier family. Charles was born in Geneva in 1788, and later was employed in London where he worked on music boxes and other automata. His family returned to Geneva in 1823 where he further developed the mechanisms and enabled high-quality singing boxes to come within the reach of many people. His boxes were stamped with C. Bruguier a Geneve followed by a 3-digit number and were produced until 1850. After his death in 1862, the golden era of singing bird boxes came to an end.
Fortunately, the dying art of singing bird boxes has experienced a renaissance. The fact that the the original mechanism is still a standard for the music box production is in itself a sufficient tribute to the originator, Jaquet-Droz. However, the design was perfected by Karl Griesbaum in 1905 in Germany when he added safeguards and devices to include a slow-closing lid and safety device that prevents damage to the mechanism should the lid be closed during its' play. A "Karl Griesbaum Workshop" (meaning that the movements and mechanics are produced in exacting likeness to the originals manufactured in 1905) has been established in which the beloved music boxes are still being hand made in the Black Forest today. Other than the stamped number insignia that represents the registered date of manufacture, these heirloom boxes are indiscernible from the originals and are truly appreciable.
We offer these coveted treasures to you with the happiness that such a delightful invention may prevail into the twenty-first century!
VICTORIAN TRADING COMPANY has aligned themselves with Siegfried Wendel, the only authorized manufacturer of the singing bird box today. For an expense that many easily justify for jewelry, these rare and limited production art pieces are registered for verification as to an assured and increased value in years to come. Each is hand crafted of solid silver with feathered birds while utilizing ornamental motifs and mechanisms that have endured nearly 300 years. Loved ones will enjoy the birdsong along the way!