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Early Key-wind Musical Box

Auction:
2314
Lot:
437
Sold for:
$1,175$1,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2314
Location:
Bolton
Date / Time :
November 03, 2005 10:00AM

Description:

Early Key-wind Musical Box, No. 1823, possibly by Falconet, playing four airs by Balfe, with instant-stop, comb screws without washers and engraved silvered tune-sheet, in polished figured mahogany case with hookless endflap forming key compartment and locked in place (when closed) by a vertical lip on the lid, wd. 13 in., cylinder 7 3/4 in., (one defective track, two broken teeth and one tip broken two-thirds lg. from top).

Note: The tunes are: Vive le Roi (Siege de la Rochelle), Thus Together (Id), The Light Hupmann (?) and When I Beheld the (sic) Ancor. The programme draws from Dublin-born Michael Balfe's opera The Siege of La Rochelle, first performed in London in October 1835, from whose second act the ballad "When I Beheld the Anchor Weigh'd" is taken. The style of the case and engraving on the tune-sheet suggest Falconet as a possible maker.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Keywords

Michael Balfe, broken teeth, tip, track, London, France