I've been in a few apartment buildings in NYC over the years that still have "birdcage" elevators that are nearly as elaborate. They are insanely cool. From memory, they were all in buildings from ~1890 to ~1920.
Just a thought...If one were to get trapped in one of those beautifully ornamented antiques. would they be looking out through those glass panels ormore likely would they be the bird on display for others to watch? Hmmn?