Palace of Clothing? That is a direct translation of "Palais du Vetement", and I'm not finding reference to such a place in Tours, France, but this is a very old and charming handmade canary or bird cage that appears to have been a souvenir of same. Perhaps you can find reference, or know of a 19th century museum of clothing? IN any case, entirely made up from slightly rough wood, a wire and wood cage of simplicity and charm. I've had portrait miniatures of children of Napoleonic era and earlier, holding very similar small bird cages and their pet bird. Sometimes that "Uncommon Treasure" just begs my care. We've completely cleaned it up from a century of dust, and while I didn't stain nor even oil the old wood (so as not to change the country French look of it), it is the sweetest thing, isn't it? Door slides up and open, as you see in our photos. Just in from Paris.
Very good condition for age and type, nothing missing but the caged canary and the excited child. Measurements are noted on the photos. Seems to have been made up from salvage crating woods, perhaps crafted by a child, in fact. The markings on the 2 sides of the handle, however, make me think it was a souvenir. If you know more about this sweet little cage, please do email me.
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