An eight air cylinder musical box by Nicole Freres, circa 1890,
Lot 47
An eight air cylinder musical box by Nicole Freres, circa 1890,
£500 - 800
US$ 840 - 1,300
Auction Details
Lot Details
An eight air cylinder musical box by Nicole Freres,
circa 1890,
Ser. No. 5244,
lever wind movement with drum and six tuned bells, double spring motor with speed regulation control mounted above governor, (fourteen teeth off), ebonised interior, original tune sheet, rosewood lid with crossbanding and inlay with mother of pearl inserts, (slight water damage to lid), 24ins. (61cm.) wide, cylinder 11½ins. (29cm.).

Footnotes

  • The serial number 5244 appears on the original tunesheet, still in situ, although this is not repeated on the movement. The sublime harmonie combs are clearly stamped Nicole Freres. This number does not fit into any known serial number sequence for this maker.
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