Antique 1880’s Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great

Nov 27
2015
Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great


Antique 1880's Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great



Having a hard time finding that perfect Christmas present? Just in time for Christmas is this beautiful antique Swiss music box, but you need to get it now in order to have it in time for Christmas. You are looking at a beautiful, all original, fully operational Swiss cylinder music box made in the 1880’s. The only thing that is not original is the red velvet lining the storage bay to the left of the crank lever. The case containing the movement is 16″ long x 4 5/8″ High x 7 5/16 Deep. The lid is 17″ long x 8″ wide x 9/16″ thick, making the overall height of the closed music box, 5 3/16″ High. With the lid open, open, the music box is 4 5/8 high. As you can see in the pictures, the case has the original French polished finish, with a beautiful music themed inlaid design on top, consisting of a drum, horns and flowers. The inlaid design is composed of several different types of wood and takes a master woodworker to implement, by carefully chiseling out a cavity to the exact depth and shape of the design being inserted and then carving the design out of a certain species of wood and inserting it. The various colors of wood mimic paint colors and, once accomplished, is much more permanent than a painted design, since the design goes deep into the wood instead of just on the surface. The process is repeated until the overall design is completed. According to the original handwritten playlist on the inside of the lid, this music box plays 8 different tunes or airs. I looked up all the songs online and they are all dated in the 1880’s or before: 1. “Listen to My Tale of Woe” , by H. “My Maggie” , by L. “Scanlon’s Swing Song” , by Mendelson; 4. “Maggie, The Cows Are in the Clover” , by Verdi; 5. ” Gypsy Baron” , by Flotow; 6. “Mother Told Me So” , by Strauss: 7. “Mandolina” , by Planquette; 8. “The Little Tycoon”, by O. As each song plays and automatically changes to the next song, the arrow on the music tally, to the left rear of the cylinder, automatically switches to the next number so you will know the title of the song that is playing. The music box is wound by a built in lever crank in the storage compartment to the left of the movement. There are two levers that control the way the songs are played. The rear-most lever has 2 settings: “Repeat” and “Change”. If the lever is set on “Repeat”, it plays the same song over and over again. If the lever is set on “Change”, it automatically switches to the next song. The front-most lever has two settings: “Stop” and “Play”. If the lever is set on “Play” and switched to “Stop” after the song starts, it will automatically stop after the completion of the song. If the lever is set on “Play” and left on play, the music box will continue to play until the lever is switched to “Stop”, or until the spring runs down. The highly polished cylinder is 6 long and the comb has 43 teeth. The spring which is inside a highly polished cylinder, is very strong and allows the music box to play all 8 songs on one winding and then some before it is necessary to rewind it. The movement is protected by a hinged lid with a glass window that can be opened by means of a black silk pull tab. Unlike many antique music boxes in which the music box will not start on its’ own without flicking the governor fan, this music box starts all by itself each time the play lever is engaged. That is the mark of a fine, well cared for music box. The lacquered case, both inside and out has its’ original finish, and retains a brilliant French polish finish. I have made a video of the music box in action, but I have been unable to figure out how to post it, but if you are interested, perhaps we can find a way for me to send it to you so you can see for yourself how beautiful it is, how well it works and how nice it sounds. I hope we can do business. The item “Antique 1880’s Swiss Cylinder Music Box. Inlaid Top. Plays 8 tunes. Works great” is in sale since Friday, November 20, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “jiminbartow3″ and is located in Bartow, Florida. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, to all countries in Europe, to all countries in continental Asia, to Australia.

  • Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland
  • Finish: Original
  • Movement: Lever wind, spring operated
  • Movement materials,: Mostly brass
  • Number of songs: Plays 8 songs or airs
  • Date of manufacture: Sometime in the 1880’s
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