‘Singing bird’ music box

boîte à oiseau chanteur or singing bird box is a music box with mechanical ‘birds’ singing along to the tune of the bells, organs, and so on in high pitch while twitching their heads, turning and moving their wings. This video is a great example.


The Encylopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, 1971

The Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments is a huge resource on self-playing antiques like orchestrions, music boxes, barrel organs, fairground organs, and player pianos. The book features a lengthy chapter on each variety with origins, histories on specific developers, galleries, old promos, and details on specific models’ functions.