Antique Rosewood Disc Music Box (Polyphon). With the Rosewood case being decorated with a beautiful Marquetry of Satinwood and Fruitwood Floral Inlay to the top. There is no Makers Mark that can be found and in the casing underneath the turntable there is hand written in ink. Which is most unusual as these disc music boxes were invented in Germany in 1870. There is the number 10492 on the motor mechanism underneath and the. Number 682 on top. There is a photo on the inside lid titled: No 29 Lausanne. These are the only forms of identification I can find. This Music Box, when wound normally, will play five discs or one disc five times without rewinding. There are 28 Pressed Metal Discs – all measuring 11 3/4 inch (30cm) diameter – all working. There are two age groups – 12 older discs – they look older and are visibly more played with numbers and names almost totally rubbed. 16 newer discs, with impressed numbers visible and in some instances names showing. Some Record Titles. TRAVIATA Sempre libera Verdi. Maritana Scenes that are Brightest WALLACE. They all work beautifully as does the Polyphon itself. The Music Box measures 20 1/4in x 15 3/4in x 10 1/2in. (52cm x 34cm x 26.7cm). Weight is heavy, probably around 18 – 20 kilos. Polyphon and discs make two separate parcels. This Music Box works beautifully. In good original used condition and showing wear consistent with age and use. There is one tooth missing but I can’t tell by listening. The key is not original and the upper part of the lock is missing. You will notice that when the disc is in play position it is bowed. There are two wheels, one to the back side and one to the front side that the disc rolls on that are slightly high allowing the disc to be held firmly on the playing mechanism. Is a disc-playing Music Box a mechanical device first manufactured by the Polyphon Musikwerke, located in Leipzig, Germany. Invented in 1870, full-scale production started around 1897 and continued into the early 1900s. Popularity and production of cylinder musical boxes declined in the late 19th century as they were superseded by the disc musical box. The music in these was created by a revolving disc with protrusions which strike keyed teeth. The discs were easier and cheaper to produce than the pinned cylinders of the musical box, the discs could be changed, and popular tunes could be put on disc overnight. The disc musical box reached its apogee of popularity between 1885 and 1914. We guarantee our descriptions are accurate and our prices competitive. Please bear in mind that all our items are antique or vintage and may have some age related issues. If you see something I missed please come back to us and we will take care of it. If you are undercharged we don’t ask for more. Any questions or query’s please contact so we can look into it. International Buyers Please Note. If you like our product please leave us feedback and we will respond immediately. If, for any reason, you are unhappy, please come back to us so we can resolve any issue, whatever it may be. The item “Antique Rosewood Disc Music Box (Polyphon) Including 28 discs c. 1870+” is in sale since Monday, June 21, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectables\Decorative Collectables\Music Boxes”. The seller is “kollectik1″ and is located in Morisset. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Brand: Unbranded
- Time Period Manufactured: 1870s