This very large and exquisite machine has a built-in storage drawer for the tune sheets (discs). The cabinet is exceptionally solid and tight. This finish is very nice, showing only some very minor nicks and blemishes. The mahogany wood color is rich with lots of beautiful of wood-grain visible. The gold “Stella” emblem on the underside of the lid is perfect. Last patent date is 1897. Overall, this is in magnificent shape for an 120 year old piece. I’m going to include 5 of the disks. I have 17 in total. The Star Spangled Banner, Bridal Chorus, Ain’t Dat a Shame, and A Hot Time in the Old Town are a few of the tunes I have. Original crank also included. This machine is massive. It measures 29″ long by 22″ deep be 13 high. It weighs in at 82 pounds with the disks. A 15.5 Regina pales in comparison when sitting next to this. For the 1890’s catalog showing this music box (Thanks to Duke University Library for the info). This machine plays well, operates properly, and sounds beautiful. Stop/start lever works, and it plays several times on one winding. This is a double comb machine. On these machines, one comb is visible and the second comb is very hard to see (it is located vertically in the rear of the mechanism). There are some broken teeth on the visible comb, but no broken teeth on the second comb. Very importantly, there are NO missing notes when played, since the second comb has all of its teeth, and the two combs play in unison. Again, there are no missing notes and every starwheel plays a note (most with one tooth from both combs, and a few with only one tooth from one comb). I do have 4 of the broken teeth that I found inside the cabinet (I’ve read that these can be re-attached by an experienced music box restorer). Stella music boxes were built by Mermod Freres, who also built Mira music boxes I believe. The Stella machine was famous for its smooth, projection-less disks (unlike Regina that had small projections or teeth on the disk that can break off). This has been in my dining room in our smoke-free, adult home for about 15 years. I bought it from an estate that was the original owner’s family. I hate to see it go, but we are down-sizing and will no longer have the room for this. To see and hear the music box play. I will gladly help in any way I can, but my responsibility ends at my doorstep. I will be glad to answer any questions. The item “Antique 17 Stella Grand Disk Music Box with 5 Discs 1897, not Regina” is in sale since Sunday, January 17, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “jukey3″ and is located in Middletown, Ohio. This item can’t be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland
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