Mandoline Cylinder Music Box

Mandoline Cylinder Music Box

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Description

This music box was made by an undetermined maker in St. Croix, Switzerland, around 1865-1875. It is a mandolin cylinder music box, with 6 tunes. The music box has a two-piece comb with 102 teeth on each piece (total 204). The cylinder is 21-13/16" long. The music box is activated by a lever wound spring. Engraved on the comb:

6 AIRS 20-1/2 pouces 36 lignes - MANDOLINE QUATUOR EXPRESSIVE - ACCORD PARFAIT STE CROIX (SUISSE)

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
music box
date made
1865-1875
unspecified
James, Mrs. Julian
place made
Switzerland
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: music box on table without legs: 13 3/4 in x 39 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in; 34.925 cm x 100.33 cm x 52.07 cm
overall: leg: 26 in x 3 3/4 in; 66.04 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
MI.325977
accession number
70862
catalog number
325977
Credit Line
Julian-James Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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