An early key-wind musical box, by Réymond Nicole, circa 1830, formally exposed control type, presently in later case,
Lot 38
An early key-wind musical box, by Réymond Nicole, circa 1830, formally exposed control type, presently in later case,
Sold for £360 (US$ 559) inc. premium

Lot Details
An early key-wind musical box, by Réymond Nicole,
circa 1830, formally exposed control type, presently in later case,
Ser. No. 638,
Gam. No. unknown,
playing six unidentified airs, with single-spring motor, single-section stamped petit hooked-tooth comb with part dot-punched comb screws, on plain brass bedplate, the later grained rosewood case with end-flap now fixed shut but retaining cabin hook, three controls through channelled slots, rosewood veneered lid with double boxwood stringing and extended shaped moulded edge, with a period key - 16.1/4in. (41.5cm) wide, the cylinder 10.1/4in. (26cm)

Footnotes

  • Condition: F(ow) II-III 5(iii)(ttt>)

    Some time ago, this movement went 'for a run'. This has resulted in the first 23 tips and a few more up to the treble section to be sheared off, in addition to the three teeth off.
    The pinning however, appears to be in relatively good shape with no signs of any later pinning work. Most problem pins have been bent instead of being sheared. The case is an association, with a period example found, the end-flap glued shut and the outside and lid interior undergoing a re-polish. The 'bedplate screws' are in fact wooden plugs made to look like they serve a useful purpose.
    At first glance, this early Réymond Nicole box has all the features of being a good playable example, but sadly, neither the sound can pin-point a title to any of the airs and there is no tunesheet to examine.
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