Antique Swiss Music Box. Works perfectly, sublime music. 22″ x 8.5″ x 5. More than 120 teeth in the comb. All the tips, dampers, and weights are intact. Unlike most other antique music boxes, this one is shiny and no rust at all. Even the lead weights under bass teeth have no rust. Multiple adjacent teeth are configured to produce the same music note/pitch, so that music can be arranged freely to use the same note in rapid succession or at the same time to make it louder. That’s a good feature of Mandolin music boxes. Serial number 2778 stamped upper left, near mainspring and lever. No other marks or tune sheet available to identify the maker. But experts may trace the maker Geneva or St. Croix school by the following facts. Tune changes happen at the beginning of a song. Sounds Verdi or Bizet to me, but not sure. Let me know if you identify the music! Previous owner attached metal plates to show this is the 36th item in the “Original Shackleton Collection”. That person must be pretty serious about mechanical music. In the rightmost position in the comb, there might have been a tooth, but either factory adjusted or professionally repaired. You can tell from the smooth surface. Some minor loss to the wooden case. After all this is about 150 years old. No key to the case. The item “Antique Swiss Music Box. Six Airs. Lever Wind. Mid 1800s. Beautiful Sound” is in sale since Saturday, May 1, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “averygoodyear2018″ and is located in Fremont, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Time Period Manufactured: Pre-1900
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland
- Handmade: No