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Name of Instrument: serinette
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Stearns Catalog #: 1397
Country of Origin: Germany
Region of Origin: Europe
Date of Fabrication: 18th C.
Description: Presented in the form of a 7-inch tall hardcover book, the serinette was used in 18th Century Europe (this is a German example) to teach finches and other songbirds the popular tunes of the day. Resting on its spine during avian singing lessons, a horizontal wooden cylinder actuates the nine-note organ–which sounds like a piccolo–in the same manner as a simple music box. This tiny barrel organ utilizes the leather bellows that can be seen looking between the pipes at the bottom of the serinette.
Research: Stearns Staff
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