This is one of the finest quality disc music boxes in history. Here is a little background about Symphonion: Paul Lochmann was the co- patentee of the disc playing music box along with Ellis Parr of England. The Symphonion company, of Leipzig, began the manufacture of the first practical disc playing musical boxes in 1886. In 1889 Paul Wendland an engineer for Symphonion patented the starwheel which acts as the intermediary between the tabs on the discs and the combs. The starwheel had already been in use but this allowed for the horizontal mounting of the combs thereby increasing the acoustic quality of the music. They continued to make music boxes until 1914. In 1897 a production plant was established in New Jersey America but it was closed by 1902. I found a photograph of this exact model, in the book “Musical Box A History and Collectors Guide” by W. The top of the box has an inlaid flower design and brass adornments. The side panels are beautiful burl wood veneer. On the inside of the lid is a photograph. There is a hinged glass lid that covers the musical movement. On the right side of the box is the hand crank for winding the music box and on the left side there is a round push/pull knob that functions as the stop/start switch. The visible movement has two combs set up in the sublime harmony configuration. This music box comes with 12 discs (some discoloration and light rust on all the discs). It is beautifully hand crafted and also features the use of burl wood veneers. It has turned posts at the corners and rests upon 4 round legs. It is in good working order. Now I will let the pictures tell you the rest of the description. I used it very Little, Mainly to show people the sounds of a great music box.. Could be lower or more, not sure. The item “Antique Symphonion Music Box131/2 Double Comb with12 Discs. Schutz-Marke 329084″ is in sale since Thursday, March 16, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\Pre-1900″. The seller is “marlis_erdcta” and is located in Greenville, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany