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Six-Air Interchangeable Ideal Piccolo Cylinder Musical Box by Mermod Freres

Auction:
2502
Lot:
748
Sold for:
$4,148$3,500

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Six-Air Interchangeable Ideal Piccolo Cylinder Musical Box by Mermod Freres, Switzerland, serial #52358, last patent date 1887, bookmatched mahogany veneered cabinet with ebonized moldings, quarter-fans, line inlays, and lower drawer for cylinder storage, the lid opens to reveal the Ideal Piccolo card stating "Any number of Cylinders can be obtained for this box," nickel plated movement with Jacot's Patented Safety Check, zither attachment, seven 11 in. cylinders with selections including "The Star Spangled Banner," "Oh! Christmas Tree," "I wish I were in Dixie," and "Columbia the Gem of the Ocean," original printed directions and a low table and storage drawer for additional cylinders, box lg. 31 1/2 in.
Estimate $2,500-3,500

Box plays well, minor veneer loss, storage table has been with box over last generation at least.

Keywords

The Star, Columbia, Elementary geometry, Musical box, Surfaces