A Beautiful 19th Century Mechanical Singing Bird Box Created by Swiss Inventor Charles Bruguier

This video from 2013 features a singing bird box crafted by 19th century Swiss inventor Charles Abraham Bruguier, one of the most prominent builders of these ornate pieces. This piece, like many of Bruguier’s bird boxes, is powered by a fusee — a cone-shaped pulley system used in mechanical watches and clocks. Singing Bird Box, a site devoted to these creations, has a video exploring the innards of a Bruguier fusee box, demonstrating how the tiny, finely detailed mechanisms work.

via The Presurfer