Antique Canary Cage For Coal Mines Detected Deadly Gas

This is an authentic canary coal mine bird cage used in the 1800s through the 1920s by miners to detect deadly gases. Coal miners in England and the United States brought canaries into the coal mines as an "early warning signal" for toxic gases including methane and carbon monoxide.The birds, being more sensitive, would become sick before the miners, who would then have a chance to escape or put on protective respirators.
Making these cages was a cottage industry and each one was hand made, held together with delicate wooden dowels (photo #3). Inside is a porcelain water cup, grit trough and 2 perches. The most sought after canaries were from Germany, called Roller Canaries. By its appearance you can tell it saw actual use in the mines.
The cage is in tact and all original. It measures 6 1/4" high and 6 1/2" wide. Photos #4 and #5 show these cages in actual use. T is one on display at the Southwest Mining Museum in Mesa, AZ.
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