Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Video: The Singing Bird Pistols & Their Restoration

Friday, July 29, 2016
Loretta reports:

Readers familiar with my short story, “Lord Lovedon’s Duel,” (from the Royally Ever After duet) will remember the Singing Bird Pistols. I’ve shown the pistols in operation in a previous blog. What I didn’t realize was how much restoration work went into making them look like this.

Today's video tells the incredible story of that restoration (you may have to overlook the highly energetic introduction & music).

You can watch the same program without the noisy TV intro here on Vimeo.
In both cases, you will notice some odd spelling in the subtitles. Ever wonder how this happens? I sure do. Hello? Dictionary?

Many thanks to reader Kafryn W Lieder for sending me the link!

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Karen Anne said...

That's just amazingly beautiful.

I think the odd spelling and some word choices are because the translator does not have a perfect command of English.

Unknown said...

Fascinating! What was the purpose of these? How did the inventors arrive at the idea of making dueling pistols into music boxes? How did people use these to amuse themselves? (After all, how many times can you play at having a duel, pulling the trigger, and laughing when the birds come out instead of bullets, which you knew was going to happen anyway.) Or did the owners bring them out only rarely to impress guests?

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