A scarce interchangeable musical box, by Samuel Troll, circa 1885, for the American market,
Lot 67W
An interchangeable musical box, by Samuel Troll, circa 1885, for the American market,
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,700 - 2,500
Lot Details
An interchangeable musical box, by Samuel Troll,
circa 1885, for the American market,
Ser. No. unknown,
with the 4 cylinders playing six airs each, large crank-wind motor, with the friction winding mechanism having captive roller-ball against spring barrel rim, Mermod parachute speed check, change/repeat control with engraved dial integral tune indicator/selector, zither attachment to the single-section comb on reeded cast gilt bedplate, in ebonised interior under dustlid, start/stop extension bar issuing from interior to right-hand side, in noir grained case with colour transfer front, musical score, double oboe and floral stained fruitwood inlay to rosewood veneered lid finished with triple boxwood stringing, accompanied by period plain pine carrying box containing the other three cylinders - 28in. (71cm) wide, the cylinders 11.1/4in. (28.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Condition: G(OW) II 2

    The friction winding mechanism is not to be trusted.
    Patented by Mermod in 1887 and used in the Mira disc musical boxes, it consists of a small captive solid steel cylinder held in place within a slotted cage which is screwed onto the bedplate, lining up with the edge of the spring barrel. The rim of the spring barrel is carefully milled and polished so that when being wound up, the steel cylinder moves up the slot and has free clearance to allow the rim to move. As soon as the rim stops and the rim moves downwards, the cylinder also moves down and gets trapped like a door wedge, holding back the spring power.

    Simply friction and gravity stops this musical box from 'going for a run'.

    When consigned at Bonhams, the rim of the barrel was very oily and therefore had no hope of executing what it was designed to do. Having now being cleaned, it works, but may slip slightly if wound fully or tipped through 90 degrees - viewers beware when winding this please.

    A technical feature which commands a high level of respect.
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