Exceptional 19th Century Hand Carved Black Forest Bird Form Cuckoo Whistle

A fabulous 19th century Black Forest hand-carved and articulated cuckoo whistle designed as a bird perched on a tree branch, wings spread, ready for flight. This artistically chosen branch was hollowed and carved into the whistle and when one blows through the branch and presses down on the bird's head, the mouth closes and the tail feathers lift exposing the air hole by which the air escapes, making the 'cuckoo' sound...so clever!

The intricately carved bird has its original glass eyes and a wonderful warm patina acquired over the years. The bird's neck is quite dark right where one would rest their finger to press the bird's head down indicative that it has been used and enjoyed.

The piece measures 7" in length and is in very good undamaged condition. There are no chips, cracks or restorations.

Just a wonderful piece of folk art dating to the last quarter of the 19th century.

Item ID: QS-F0214

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