The rare mechanical music box hat or jacket or crop hook rack, this one works and plays well. The working original key remains with the box and the only issue is I can't see what latch stops the music when the hinged hoof tips with weight of whatever is hung on it. It seems to want to continue to play. I'll have Rick take a closer look at it. He'll no doubt figure it out and I'll annotate the listing info when we figure out how to reattach the "kill" switch so it will not continue to play until it winds down. That said, this type of crop (riding crop) hook is quite rare to find. And the carving remains beautiful and without serious chips or damage.
Very good condition for age and type. There are a few long leaf tips that have chipped off, visible to front of the bird carving. Also one oak or larger leaf along outer perimeter at about the 5 o'clock position. Legs, feet, tail, beak are fine. And a chip at the crest feather on bird's head. The entire piece is 11.5" in height, hanging on the wall, 6" wide and not counting the hooks which extend further, the wood case is 1.75" in depth.
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If you've followed us for a while you know I'm a big fan of the old hand carved "Black Forest" items that come to us from 19th century Switzerland, Germany, parts of France and Italy, where they pleased the Grand Tour tourists and still please us all today. These hand carved treasures range from whimsical small bears to large and elaborate mantel clocks, wall clocks, wall plaques showing the most awesome anatomical studies of stag, fowl, "fruits of the hunt". I've got more to list so look through the vast collection. I've just used quite a few piece in our own 2nd home decoration , Rocky Mountains location, and love the look as well as the heritage since my own ancestors hail from that region and others. The pieces work well in Country Manor, French Country, Ski Lodge or Hunt Lodge and even in a den or office. Everything from a pocket watch case to huge plaques - from needle and thread holders to cigar caddy - these decorative objects survive today a testament to the artisan's craft of carving wood.
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