In addition, there are mechanisms inside the box that would have been connected to the clock in order to play a tune on the hour (the hole visible in photo #8 is probably for a shut-off switch in case you didn’t want the box to play). The sectional comb, divided into groups of two, likely dates this box to the 1820s or 1830s – very early in the history of music boxes! A low serial number – 893 – is stamped on the bedplate and the comb. This box has a really great tone and wonderfully complex tune arrangements. Hear it on Youtube by searching Sarah Brown sectional comb music box. The tunes are still unidentified, although I have a possible clue as to #1. Any help identifying tunes would be greatly appreciated! There are six tunes. Some previous owner, probably counting the tunes, marked the number 6 in Roman numerals inside the case – you might be able to see it in photo #5 if you zoom in on the upper left corner of the case interior. The case measures 22.5″ long by 10″ wide by 3.5 tall. The main body of the case appears to be carved out of a solid chunk of wood, with a gorgeous overlay of what is probably mahogany veneer. The case has sustained a bit of damage here and there in its nearly two hundred years of existence – there are some old woodworm holes, and there is a damaged area on one corner that has been repaired rather poorly (photo #3). There is also some general wear commensurate with the box’s age. All in all, though, the box is very sturdy and well built, and the patina on the veneer is phenomenal! In photo #4, you can see the winding key, along with one knob. The other knob has fallen off, but I do have it, and it will be included with the box. The knob on the left is a start/stop switch; the missing one is a tune change/repeat switch. I have yet to figure out if this box has a mechanism to automatically stop the music at the end of a tune; right now, I manually pull the start/stop knob out to start the music, and push it back in at the end of a tune. The movement itself appears to be in phenomenal condition – it winds and plays readily and at a good tempo and volume. It has a nice tone for an early box – not tinny. There are a couple slight squeaks/creaks, probably from missing dampers, and the movement could stand a very light cleaning (just a bit of dust). If you really wanted to, you could probably send it to a music box specialist for a full disassembly, cleaning and polishing, but I also think it could be left in its current condition with no problems. Well, I think that about covers it… Please look at the photos carefully and watch the video so you know what you’re getting – this box may not be the shiniest or biggest one out there, but what an amazing piece of history! The item “Incredibly Rare EARLY SECTIONAL COMB ANTIQUE MUSIC BOX Superb! SEE VIDEO” is in sale since Sunday, September 25, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “nhsweetcherry” and is located in North Conway, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped to United States.