Resource: Watch the Birdie – early 19th Century “Singing Bird” Pistols

2 June, 2011 at 11:31 am 1 comment

These objects are too amazing not to be shared with you. Imagine you live in 1820 and learn that your husband is cheating on you. Now you can’t shoot him (nor should you), but you can scare the wits out of him with these wonderful pistols.

That must have been the train of thought had by the Rochat brothers from Geneva; I can’t imagine any other reason why one would create a pistol where a bird pops up and sings when you pull the trigger! Don’t go with a bang, go with a song!

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The pistols are made of gold, decorated with blue and red enamel, diamonds and pearls. They are stunning works of art; only four other pistols like these are known, and this is the only pair which ever came up for auction. Christie’s expected them to fetch between 2.5 – 5 million dollars; they sold for 5.8 millions in the end.

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  • 1. Le Loup  |  2 June, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Very pretty, but no one in that era, or indeed now that knows about flintlocks, would be fooled by a piece like this.

    Though I do remember when Mrs Cadbury of Cadbury chocolates pointed a gun at my Father as a joke. It turned out to be a very convincing cigarette lighter.
    Regards, Le Loup.
    A Woodsrunner’s Diary.

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