Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto

Jan 15
2016
Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto


Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto



The clock is in full working condition unless otherwise stated below. Also no potential risk of damage during transport. Thank you all, I certainly appreciate it… Hi everybody, Thanks for looking. I recently acquired this music box and sadly, actually, very sadly, it was damaged during transport. The repair required is beyond my skill level as of now. I’m a very humble man and I freely admit this, I know when to throw in the towel and put it in the hands of the right person. Comb and tooth repair, along with cylinder repinning is currently beyond me, I just started work like this on junk movements for practice and I’m not willing to risk this piece. Well, with that said, this music box needs to be in the hands of a restorer with more competent skills than me. A piece as old and as rare as this one deserves the respect of someone capable of doing the repair on the comb. Certainly, a great and worthy candidate for restoration. If you’re not able to repair this yourself, it is my sincerest hopes that you consider finding someone that can. I can provide you with contact info on the experts I speak of. Ok, now, to the item. It is a very desirable musical movement. The bedplate is solid brass with the numbers “2563″ and “31391″. I’ve also seen many other examples of his work in oil painting displays with clockworks and musical movements incorporated in them and automaton pieces of very high quality. There is some information on Rzebitschek but, mostly on European websites. The date 1828 is written on the bottom of the box but, this may refer to the year the composers wrote the operas perhaps. It may or may not be the date of MFG, Anybody out there with any info on this piece, please feel free to join and voice your opinions, I would welcome anything you have to offer here. It appears the movement plays two melodies, “last rose” from the opera “Martha” written by German composer Friedrich Von Flotow. Also, “Gott Erhalte Franz Den Kaiser” or “God save Emperor Francis” by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn of the classical period. He was a friend and mentor of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, Hmmm, funny how the teacher does not recieve nearly as much recognition as those other two right? . It is an anthem to Francis II. It is sometimes called the “Kaiserhymne” or “Emperor’s Hymn”. It is also known as “Deutschlandied” or The National Anthem of Germany. The mainspring takes a full wind and runs down completely after a very long playing time, about 10-12 minutes of playing. It feels a little tight while winding but does appear to function. All wheels/gears are intact, it is in surprisingly good condition for as old as it is, arbor/pinions on both the cylinder, governor and mainspring assemblies are very tight with no slop at all. All pins on the cylinder appear to be there and are straight and upright. Both melodies are indeed audible and more or less clear and very loud as well. It appears that 60-65% of the dampers are intact on the comb. Hard to see still mounted in the box but, with the assistance of a mirror and magnification I was able to make that distinction. The biggest flaw is the broken tooth, this is where it is beyond my capabilities. Although I do have the tooth itself with lead weight attached which makes the repair quite a bit easier to do. The original tooth can be used for size comparison to new tooth and little to no tuning will be required with original lead weight available to re mount. The comb has 80 teeth overall. Also, if you notice, all the bass teeth are on the right side, not the left as they are usually arranged. It has a great number of pins on the cylinder considering there is only two melodies, it should sound fantastic when restoration is complete. This would make a great and worthy addition to any collection. Music boxes this old are becoming harder and harder to come by. Oh, the box itself is rather rough and it has a glass lid that goes with it “Not pictured”. I’ll be glad to send it if you wish. I believe originally this box had a wood hinged lid and not the glass. In closing, I wish I had the skills necessary to perform the work myself, my loss is your gain I guess. Thanks everybody, taks care and good luck! Sorry China but, gotten burned once already, it will not happen a 2nd time. My time is just too valuable to be wasted. Check out my other clock listings, any questions, feel free to ask, happy to accommodate. Also, I would be more than happy to assist you in any way possible with any questions or concerns you may have. I pack my items the same as I like to receive them. All I need is a name and address to send it too. Measurements: Clock is 3″ H, 8 1/2″ W, 4 D. Set up instructions included. Pendulum may need minor adjustment after arriving at destination. Thank you for looking and the best of luck to you and your family. Apparently, he was one of the very early pioneers in the music box mfg industry in the early 19th century. He (Frantisek Rzebitschek) and another gentleman by the name of Anton Olbrich of Vienna were the founders of Viennese school of musical-box making sometime around 1815. Also, the design methods between Swiss made and Bohemian/Viennese made movements were very different from one another and not by accident either, apparently there was a lot of conflict in that area between those two regions and men like Olbrich and Rzebitschek were compelled to design their movements to differ from Swiss made ones. He also stated that musical movements made by Rzebitschek are ultra rare and always a pleasure to see from a collector’s point of view. A few differences were the treble and bass notes opposite to that of a Swiss design, Governor fan were much larger than the Swiss made, also the pins on the cylinder were longer, stronger and stiffer. Hmmm, that description didn’t sound to good, did it? Well, hope you enjoy this extra bit of info on the history of this fine piece, I know I love the history behind these items, very good to know. And Thanks Achim, I appreciate the info!! The item “Antique Rzebitschek Cylinder Music Box, Rare, circa 1830, NR, Resto” is in sale since Thursday, January 14, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “bluto2320″ and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.

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