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Could someone indentify this bird cage. I got it about 30 years ago used and I don't know how old it was when I got it. The wire bars are spun.

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Kevin

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Kevin:

That appears to me to be a Lindhorst-style Birdcage. They are extremely well-made and sturdy. They originated in St. Louis.
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This is where the importance of the instruction sheets help identify the manufacturer. Without that, it is impossible to go any further then to say, it is made in the "style" of the Lindhorst bird cages, as Rainbow guy mentioned.

Looks like brass bars, and you photographed it upside down. It also does not look like it has been taken care of, with all the corrosion of the metals.

These Lindhorst style cages have been made with the same design by a number of different metal craftsman / artisans over the years.
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Thanks for your help Bill and Rainboguy.
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I have one that I believe is identical. Silver-colored square rod with brass bars. I was told mine is possibly an older Owen. Definitely a Lindhorst style. I don't see metal corrosion, just some tarnishing of the brass.
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Kevin:

My Pleasure. More than a few great Magicians come from your part of the country........and welcome to The Magic Café.

FYI, to the best of my knowledge, most of the Lindhorst Vanishing Bird Cages were sold by the late Gene DeVoe of St. Louis who purchased Lindhorst's Magic Shop from him following his death in 1954.

Here is some additional information about Will Lindhorst:

http://geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Will_Lindhorst

For what it's worth, Gene DeVoe was my first mentor in Magic way back when.

Kevin, I think you will find a lot of experienced and extremely knowledgeable Magicians here who are always willing to help. Michael Baker and Bill Hegbli know their stuff!
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Yes there have been some very good Magicians from this area. I had the pleasure of my good friend Bill Boley that helped and mentored me amoung a few others that me in the area.
This is a great source of information and its great for others to help and share there knowledge.
If anyone would be so kind I have a small production cage that I can't find any information on and would like to identify.
P.s. The key ring on top is not original.

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That is the Hoffmann-style production cage. I have a handful of them here. It appears that yours is partially painted red. Some of mine are, too.

This style has been around for over a hundred years. It is described in Hoffmann's Modern Magic published in 1876. These have been made by many makers through the years. It would be hard to put a date on it, without any documentation. These are even being made overseas now.

There may be experts on these, but I'm not claiming that title.

Here is some that were on Martinka's auction many years ago. Even they don't state specific makers or dates.

https://www.martinka.com/martinka/auctio......?id=7436

https://www.martinka.com/martinka/auctio......?id=9521
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Kevin:

That Hoffman-style cage you have looks like it is in very nice condition. If it were me, I would hold on to it.
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Yeah, there were cheaply chromed copies from India that cost 40, before that the originals went for 250 or 300.
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I believe it is a Gene DeVoe Cage. He made them with the Aluminum and Brass bars in the Lyndhurst style.
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On Apr 20, 2017, hugmagic wrote:
I believe it is a Gene DeVoe Cage. He made them with the Aluminum and Brass bars in the Lyndhurst style.


That's good info. Thanks!
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Or it could be a real Lindhurst cage, as Gene DeVoe purchased the Lindhorst magic business and rights.

I never knew that until I read it on MagicPedia, just yesterday. If we could only go back in time, what we know now because of the Internet.
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