A Regina Auotchange china cabinet
Lot 40W
An extremely rare 15.1/2-inch Regina auto-change disk music box china cabinet, Circa 1906, Style 335, one of only eleven thought to have been manufactured,
Sold for US$ 35,380 inc. premium
Lot Details
An extremely rare 15.1/2-inch Regina auto-change disk music box china cabinet,
Circa 1906, Style 335, one of only eleven thought to have been manufactured,
No. 3350010,
with machine patent dates up to 1899,
with twelve-disc disc-caddy on auto-change select, massive single-spring motor with single governor for disk-lift and drive, full disk bar over grouped sublime-harmony combs, crank spindle from the front right-side, on twin-level reeded gilt cast bedplate, in highly scarce figured and toned pollard oak breakfront-bowed china cabinarium, with swept moulded cornice and plain flat top, the central glazed front flanked by long fall glazed doors with adjustable cloud-profile glass shelves, smaller single shelves below, all with mirror-glass backs, the musical movement positioned behind the bow-fronted stained glass door with gilt fret spandrels, under which a geometric pattern comprising central crown with lyre, naturalistic leaf swags and bluebell-form heads compliments the crackled white glass ground, all original leading, on cabriole supports with hairy lion paw feet, with the original crank and door keys -
62in high, 53.1/2in wide 21in deep max.

Footnotes

  • References:
    Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, Q. David Bowers, 1972, p.186
    The Golden Age of Automatic Musical Instruments, Arthur A. Reblitz, 2001, p.28

    Footnote:
    Retailed by Thiebes Stierlin Music House in St. Louis, MO, it has long been known that the serial numbers used on this model of auto-change mechanisms, started from 3350002 and ended at 3350012. Using this documented numbering makes this music box the first of the two 1906 models, with the first nine shipped at the end of 1905 and the last two, in late 1906.
    According to the original Regina factory shipping ledgers, serial No. 3350010 was shipped out on December 22, 1905 to a J.A. Ziman of Davenport, Iowa.
    Although a pleasant piece of specific information, it also shows that 3350013 and a few others also appear on the list, perhaps due to concentrated demand; meaning a few more had to be manufactured. There are still only a very small number in existence today and ones which do appear tend to appear, have with them signs of damage or modification. The stained glass to the front is vunerable, fragile and, if broken, hard to repair and even harder to replace.

    The cabinet on this piece retains the original finish in its entirety, the mechanism is totally untouched and complete and the sound resonant. Hardly any workshop work has been carried out on this exceedingly rare piece of mechanical music, as it is not required. A small build-up of harmless dust in the depths of the insides proves this.

    Those wishing to inspect and listen to a fine example of a very rare Regina disc music box, need look no further.
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