This large French birdcage is from circa 1915. The wire cage is in good antique condition with a working front door toward the bottom. There are hand bent C-scroll metal decorations on the upper corners and around the top portion of the door.
The cage sits on top of a metal base whose tripartite feet are likewise formed by C-scrolls. The front of the base also has a pair of mirror imaged S-scrolls beneath the cage door. The bottom of the cage has a tray that pulls out for cleaning purposes. The tray has retained most of its original black paint.
Inside the cage, there are a series of wooden perches for birds to sit on. Two small wood pieces run along the depth of the cage. A longer wooden bar runs lengthwise and rests on top of the smaller pieces. These three perches are currently set up in the middle of the cage but can easily be raised or lowered depending on preferences. About two feet above the lengthwise perch, there is another perch of the same length, also running across the length. This perch is wedged in between some iron C-scrolls for stability, so it was probably designed to be stationary. A metal and wood “swing” hangs from the perch.
These wooden pieces were originally included with the birdcage. There are also a few shaped metal pieces that were added after production. These can be fed through the wire to offer additional perches. A plastic water bowl and a wood food bowl, also added after production, have been clipped to the side of the cage.
This charming birdcage from the early 20th century can still be used as a habitat for birds. It can also be used as a decorative item or perhaps even repurposed as large birdcage planter in a sun room. The cage is separate from the base, which makes for easier moving.
Measurements of the base:
H – 17 1/4, W – 43 1/4, D – 19 1/4
Measurements of the cage:
H – 53 1/4, W – 36 3/8, D – 18 3/8
CONDITION: Good condition with wear commensurate to age and use. A few sections of the wire have lost some tensile strength, but are still stable. Chipped paint to the black tray at the bottom of the cage.