Cylinder Music Box

Cylinder Music Box

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Description (Brief)

This music box was made by an undetermined maker in St. Croix, Switzerland, around 1880-1890. It is a cylinder music box, serial #1531, with 8 tunes. This music box has a single-piece comb with 43 teeth. The music box is activated with a crank wound spring. The tunes list for this music box is as follows

Wang Baby, Baby
Red Hussar
The Poor Jonathan
Chimes of Normandy
Faust up to date

The Philadelphia music box manufacturer and dealer, Henry Grutsch & Sons imported the mechanisms from Switzerland and made the music box cases in their factory. The firm also repaired music boxes and sold other makes of music boxes.

Currently not on view
Object Name
music box
date made
place made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
material (overall material)
glass (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 5 1/4 in x 14 3/4 in x 7 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 37.465 cm x 19.685 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Bequest of Elizabeth L. Wilkinson (through: Ripley W. Clarkson).
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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