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19th CENTURY SWISS INLAID MAHOGANY DISC MUSIC BOX

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Seller: kollectik (2,695) 100%, Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 391361319822 MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE 259 Condamine Street, Manly Vale, NSW, 2087 Australia ^ ^^^ ^^^^^ SWISS 19th CENTURY DISC MUSIC BOX (More Photographs Below Description) MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE IS CLOSING DOWN Sadly ‘progress’ has caught up with our old building and we will close our doors around mid February 2018 We will however still TRADE ON EBAY under our ebay name KOLLECTIK (known as Manly Antique Centre). Ebay has been a ‘business partner’ of ours for a long time now and this association will continue for a long time to come. Currently our items listed on ebay will remain and we will endeavour to list more as time goes on. *************** An elegant example of a 1880s - 90s inlaid mahogany cased disc music box. There doesn't appear to be a makers stamp anywhere but the presumption is it is a Swiss one with the photo of Lausanne in the lid (they are normally either German, Swiss or American). The first disc music box was made by Symphonion, in Leipzig, Germany during the late 1880's. Other companies including Polyphone and Regina followed soon after and by the 1890's the disc-operated music box came to displace much of the established cylinder box market. The principle was the same: pluck a tuned comb to make music. What differed was the way the comb was plucked. Discs were made of zinc or steel. They differed in hub diameter and tooth size to evade patent laws and to prevent people using another maker's disc on their machine. This just turned out to be another nail in the coffin for the disc players, a mistake that the makers of the later disk-type phonograph records players didn’t make. Then the Great War came in 1914 and with it the birth of the gramophone which finally killed off the disc music box players. The average disc music box cost the equivalent of 4 weeks wages apparently and the gramophone was a MUCH cheaper device that took any makers record unlike the disc music box. So with this short production time and a price that only the well-healed could afford this now makes these fascinating machines in short supply and very collectable. The quality of the case of this particular example makes it extra special with its ornately inlaid marquetry lid combined with fabulous flame mahogany veneers and ebonised trims makes it a stunning piece of table top furniture as well as a fascinating piece of mechanical musical history. It works but there is one broken 'tooth' as can be seen in the photos. The clock-work mechanism that operates it would probably benefit from a service although it looked to be in very good condition when we removed it from the case. The case itself has a few lumps and bumps but nothing too serious. The lock fitting in the lid has disappeared and a there are remnants of a bit of old tape someone put over the gap (see photos). Along with the disc player there are twenty eight 11 3/4 inch discs included with it. These discs have a value as individual items so they are a nice little addition. Overall it is a fabulous piece and something that rarely comes our way. ^^^^^ ^^^ ^ ^^^^^ ^^^ ^ SHIPPING AND PAYMENT DETAILS This item can be viewed at the MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE 259 CONDAMINE STREET MANLY VALE NSW 2093 SYDNEY AUSTRALIA THESE ITEMS ARE FOR SALE IN THE MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE. IF WE SELL THEM FIRST THIS LISTING WILL BE REMOVED. We guarantee our descriptions are accurate and our prices competitive WE ARE OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 10am to 5.00pm (closed Tuesdays) SHIPPING DETAILS EBAY POSTAGE ESTIMATES DON'T SEEM TO WORK FOR US SO PLEASE CONTACT US FOR EXACT POSTAGE COSTS! Australian freight is as per Australia Post domestic Condition: General wear to case, one 'tooth' missing. See description and photos below., Original/Reproduction: Original, Originating Region: Europe, Era: 1800s, Instrument Type: DISC MUSIC BOX PLAYER

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