Musical Snuff Box

Musical Snuff Box

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Description

This music box was likely made by Jules Cuendet, in Switzerland, around 1838-1842. It is a musical snuff box, with 2 tunes. This music box has a two-piece comb with 41 teeth. The music box is activated by a key wound spring. Carved on the top of the music box:

Ile de Ste. Helene, Habitation de Napoleon

Stamped on bedplate:

JCd

Clever miniature portable devices, musical snuff boxes such as this one were called carillons à musique. Highly desired objects of status and crafted primarily in Switzerland, they influenced the development and popularity of all music box production in the 19th century. This musical snuff box was likely a souvenir.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Music Box
date made
1838-1842
place made
Switzerland
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 3.81 cm x 9.525 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
MI.58.047
catalog number
58.047
accession number
211312
catalog number
58.47
Credit Line
The Monsignor John M. Cooper Collection of African, American Indian, Oceanic and Philippine Ethnology presented by the Catholic University of America
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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