An early and important key-wind part-overture musical box, by Reymond Nicole, circa 1832, special non-mandoline tone format,
Lot 52
An early and important key-wind part-overture musical box, by Rèymond Nicole, circa 1832, special pinning format,
Sold for £7,800 (US$ 13,250) inc. premium
Lot Details
An early and important key-wind part-overture musical box, by Rèymond Nicole,
circa 1832, special pinning format,
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The earliest known Rèymond Nicole musical box to appear,
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Ser. No. 99,
with single-spring motor, the 199 teeth in groups of up to eight across 2/3rds of the two-section comb, each bearing the full maker's stamp, quadruple fin governor and petit endstone, on plain brass bedplate, in mahogany case veneered in richly toned rosewood, lid with wide shaped edge, end-flap with lock and period pasted instructions inside beside the three controls, campaign handles to sides in brass, domed brass bedplate washers to front and back, with period lid, end-flap and winding keys - 18.3/8in. (46.5cm) wide, the cylinder 12in. (30.8cm)

Footnotes

  • Condition: X II 2

    The previously earliest Rèymond Nicole Box was number 124, until this box was discovered this year in Scotland. According to records held by the MBSGB, R. Nicole made a total of 786 musical boxes, with this box registered nearly forty years ago.

    The technical rudiments of the visual-only 'mandoline' on this musical box is very puzzling; although the pinning on the cylinder is clearly plotted for this effect and the comb teeth are tuned up to eight teeth per group to the same pitch across 2/3rds the length, when one listens to all four airs, at no point is a single mandoline phrase heard.
    Nor is a sustain granted for any note throughout the music, which would have been the second-most likely reason for this particular layout.
    What one sees and then hears is totally different.

    The pinning is original and comes within the 95% present and correct margin. Wear has chamfered the bottom-most point of each pin, born through the angle of the slight hooked tooth format.
    The recent late owner of this musical box acquired it in the early 1960s and always kept it clean, out of sight, free from dust and away from sunlight. Its playing time since 1960 has been minimal.
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