The Feeder Feed: Singing Bird Pistols

Combining favorite things.

This isn’t at the Feeder as much as it is at Christie’s auction block.

Singing Bird Pistols.

Ingenious. Man can be so clever.

They sold for $5.8 million.

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  1. Random Friar says:

    More than tuppence a bag, indeed!

    That is an absolutely amazing work of art.

  2. acardnal says:

    And no cost for bird seed either!

  3. My first thought was, they were intended to shoot singing birds…and I thought, ‘But Father, but Father!”

    Then while watching the video, I thought, “oh, Father Michael Pfleger of Chicago won’t like this!”

  4. ContraMundum says:

    Only pair to survive? That’s not surprising. I wouldn’t think much of the survival rate of the owners, either, depending on when and how they pulled these things out.

  5. AnAmericanMother says:

    I was just thinking — how embarrassing to take these to one of those dawn affairs of honor by mistake . . .
    At least it’s classier than pulling the trigger and having a flag pop out that reads “Bang!”
    What ingenuity put to such a trivial purpose!

  6. ContraMundum says:

    In a real duel, I think they would both use the weapons from the same box (not that these are really suitable). However … the seconds might take ill to making a mockery of an affair of honor, and *their* weapons would presumably be real.

    Perhaps a more likely problem would be for someone to unexpectedly produce what looks like a fancy derringer and get plugged by a more serious onlooker.

  7. AnAmericanMother says:

    Rules for a Gunfight:

    1. Don’t bring a “singing bird pistol” to a gunfight!

  8. Rich says:

    It may be true that old Mrs. Fancybottom likes to take out those songbirds with her Singing Bird Pistols. I have a much less expensive alternative: a Daisy BB gun.

  9. K_Suzanne says:

    Is there any way to track down the music? It’s delightful! I would like to find it so I can play it. :)

  10. irishgirl says:

    Couldn’t see the video; all I see is a blank (and black) screen.
    @ An American Mother: “Don’t bring a ‘singing bird’ pistol to a gunfight.” Ha! I love it!

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