A key-wind two-per-turn musical box, by Nicole Frerés, circa 1861,
Lot 39
A key-wind two-per-turn musical box, by Nicole Frerés, circa 1861,
Sold for £1,080 (US$ 1,744) inc. premium

Lot Details
A key-wind two-per-turn musical box, by Nicole Frerés,
circa 1861,
Ser. No. 38362,
Gam. No. 1518,
playing twelve operatic airs including six parts of Verdi's Trovatore, with large single-spring motor, stamped single-section comb on plain polished brass bedplate, in red stained interior under dustlid, Keith Prowse & Co. and 48, Cheapside London separate strips pasted over the top and bottom of the period tunesheet, in re-finished grained case with end-flap, the rosewood veneered lid bearing large rococo-taste central inlaid medallion with infils of mother-of-pearl, French enamel and kingwood, framed by matching corner crests and finished with triple boxwood stringing, with good period ratchet key - 21in. (53cm) wide, the cylinder 12.1/4in. (31cm)

Footnotes

  • Condition: G-F III 2

    Note the huge tunesheet pins. Being the standard two-per-turn 5.1/4" x 4" size tunesheet, it is not known why pins with a head diameter of .3/8" were used. The re-finish attempt at the grained case is a mixture of button polish and wood dye - which has reacted and has started to peel. A gentle strip and re-grain is all that is required, with the movement looking as though it has remained untouched.
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