Paillard & Cie. Cylinder Music Box

Paillard & Cie. Cylinder Music Box

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This music box was made by Charles Paillard & Cie. in St. Croix, Switzerland, 1841. It is a cylinder music box, with 4 tunes. The music box has a cylinder one-piece comb with 51 teeth. The cylinder is 2-3/4" long. The music box is activated with a key wound metal spring.

John Howard Foote (1833-1896) was a musical instrument dealer with shops in New York City and Chicago. This instrument listed in an 1880 J. Howard Foote catalog, sold as a small size music box (#6833), for $10.20.

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Object Name
music box
Charles Paillard & Cie.
Charles Paillard & Cie.
place made
Physical Description
mahogany (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
celluloid (overall material)
walnut (overall material)
overall: 2 1/4 in x 5 in x 3 3/8 in; 5.715 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.5725 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Music & Musical Instruments
Mechanical Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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