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S/4411 Antique 18th Century Clockwork Lark Lure

An interesting late 18th century clockwork lark lure, having brass works contained in a shaped metal case, with a brass winding key on the removable back, and two hinged side doors to gain access to the works. Above the winding key is a circular knob, which when turned stops and starts the removable revolving lure. This is made up of a shaped piece of walnut, like a bird's wings and inset with twenty two small mirror glass panels, that when revolving reflect the light and therefore attract larks, who have an insatiable curiosity and attraction to anything that glitters. An identical example is illustrated in Pinto, plate 249, except that his example has two revolving wings and lasts for 45 minutes. It is in full working order and on a full wind lasts for 15 minutes.

Sold 9 in. (23 cm.) Wide
3 in. (7.5 cm.) Deep
9 in. (23 cm.) High
French Circa 1780