About the year 1780 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Jaccquet-Droz invented the mechanical singing bird. This movement imitated the movements of birds and reproduced the birdsong very authenically. It contains a leather bellows and piston whistle assembly. About 60 years later it was perfected by the Baise Bontems workshop in Paris. In 1960 Reuge took over Bontems, as well as Eschles production in Germany. In this way tradition has been safeguarded. To this day Reuge continues the manufacture of singing birds in the traditional manner. Birds are painstakingly feathered by hand. Dimensions are 6 3/8 inch diameter x 12 inch high. Currently available in gilt brass and guilloche motif base with navy blue velvet. Delightful!