An interchangeable musical box, by Nicole Frères,
Ser. No. 28342,
Gam. No. 5683,
with the six cylinders playing six airs each of a wide variety programme, large right-hand side single-spring motor, single-section comb, plain polished bells each with crown-top strikers, tune indicator markers on snail, change/repeat lever arm and start/stop inside, on reeded cast gilt bedplate in part red stained interior under dustlid, large tunesheet inside the panel inlaid lid, in rosewood and blonde yew veneered case, the lid with simple floral inlaid spray, surrounded by later noir painted double-strand beads with the Swiss cross to medallion centre, double rosewood crossbanding repeated to front and sides, with two grained-finished cylinder storage boxes containing all six - 26in. (66cm) wide, the cylinders 12in. (30.5cm), the storage box widths each 17in. (43cm)
- This musical box has been re-cased some time ago, with the underside bearing an unrelated faded Nicole Frerés stencilled number. Circa 1875, not 1850.