7 . Automaton
23" (58 cm.) x 11" x 11". A wooden cabinet with rosewood and ebonized finish has a 58 note musical comb that plays eight different tunes,with drums,bells and castanet for musical accents; the bells are struck by three brass figural birds that are visible through the glass window lid. There is a hidden coin drawer at one side and a wooden turning handle at the other. Excellent condition. Swiss,circa 1900,an especially beautiful musical sound.