A key-wind oratorio musical box, by Nicole Freres,  circa 1852,
Lot 48
A key-wind oratorio musical box, by Nicole Freres, circa 1852,
Sold for £937 (US$ 1,575) inc. premium
Lot Details
A key-wind oratorio musical box, by Nicole Freres,
circa 1852,
Ser. No. 30121,
Gam. No. 1093,
playing eight airs including Haydn's Creation, He Shall Feed His Flock, and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, single-spring motor and single-section comb on plain brass bedplate in red stained interior, in grained case with the rosewood veneered lid bearing stained fruitwood and boxwood matrix bordered by quadruple stringing - 20.1/2in. (52cm) wide, the cylinder 13in. (33cm)

Footnotes

  • Condition: F III 2

    The third air, Glory to God, has been 'erased' by someone filling over the snail step to match the level of the forth air. A neat plate has been soldered into place. Therefore, when set to change, the playing sequence is 1-2-4-4-5-6-7-8.
    The pinning for this third air seems to be intact and there is no clear reason for this air removal, other than to hear a 'second verse' of the fourth air.
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