Is it a Cylinder or Disk Music Box?? Perhaps the most unique music box ever created, with an intriguing back story, dating to the early 1890s. At that time, Polyphon Musikwerke of Germany decided to manufacture music boxes in the U. They sent Gustave Brachhausen to America with a mandate to begin manufacturing as soon as possible. Brackhausen set up shop in New Jersey and initially manufactured to Polyphons designs, then quickly moving to newer more Americanized designs, which became the Regina lineup. As luck would have it, he lived in a house across the street from Frederick Otto, who, together with his sons, ran a successful manufacturing company specializing in surgical instruments. Brachhausen and Otto, as neighbors, shared a social life and bragged to one another of their respective commercial successes. Otto, however, cleverly learned from his new friend the many aspects of music box manufacture, and decided to have a go of it himself. To avoid patent infringement issues, he and his sons designed a new type of music box, a sort of hybrid of cylinder and disk movements, which they branded the “Capital”. The tapered music sheets looked similar in size and shape to the removable cuffs that gentlemen used on their dress clothes. Thus, the term Capital Cuff music box has stuck with these pieces to this day. The neighborly relationship now past history, Otto and Brachhausen entered into a long and litigious period, with Regina emerging victorious. It was a pyrrhic victory, though, as the phonograph displaced music boxes soon after. This model being offered, is the Model “F” (Duplex Comb). It utilizes the largest cuffs that Capital offered, 7.75″ x 4.25″ x 3.25. The double combs each have 81 teeth, all in perfect condition with no replacements or damper issues. The F is the Holy Grail for Capital music box aficionados, very few were produced and has the best sound of all. Everything is in wonderful condition, with the polished mahogany case measuring 28″ x 17″ x 12. The Serial # is a very early F-3. Ten (10) excellent cuffs will be supplied together with the machine. This is your opportunity to acquire a rare and desirable music box of heirloom quality. We are a leading world-wide dealer and specialist in mechanical music, clocks and phonographs and stand by what we sell 100%. Musical Treasures of Miami. 2940 West Lake Vista Circle, Davie, FL 33328. Antique Music Boxes – Clocks – Phonographs. Best Quality Best Selection Best Guarantee. The item “RARE MODEL F DOUBLE COMB CAPITAL CUFF MUSIC BOX” is in sale since Wednesday, April 21, 2021. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “musicaltreasuresofmiami” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland