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 1147: George Bendon, c. 1865

 


Rare Large Antique Organ Music box with Bells by George Bendon, c. 1865

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This is a magnificent large antique music box of rare quality made by George bendon in Switzerland in c. 1865.

Every aspect of this music box, from its size to its tune selection to its sound quality, mark it out as a superior quality item. The movement features an organ with 18 notes (each individually numbered with a stamp) along with 9 engraved bells, 2 combs with zither bars and an enormous lever-wound spring.

It was serviced professionally some years ago and plays a selection of 12 operatic airs with a fantastic sound and tone. These tunes are etailed on the original tunesheet, and include La Traviata, Il Trovatore, La Norma, The Africain and Blue Danube. Like the box, the cylinder is large– 60 cm long – and together with the well-tuned bellows gives the music box a superb tonal range and quality.

The movement sits beneath a glass dust lid with ebonised fretwork around a miniature oil painting of Interlaken in Switzerland. This is all housed inside a huge case on a stand with cabriole legs veneered in burr walnut with kingwood crossbanding. It forms one complete piece, and so has a pair of gilt carrying handles to the sides.


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Size:
Width:
39 ½” / 100cm
 
Height:
37” / 94cm
Depth:
21” / 53cm

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Open view of antique music box

Musical movement

Left hand comb with zither

Organ movement with 18 numbered keys

Right hand comb with zither bar

Side view of cylinder and bells

Engraved bells

Governor of musical movement

View of spring

View of musical movement with glass dust lid closed

Oil painting of Interlaken

Rare Large Antique Organ Music box with Bells by George Bendon, c. 1865: side view

Rare Large Antique Organ Music box with Bells by George Bendon, c. 1865: shut view

Rare Large Antique Organ Music box with Bells by George Bendon, c. 1865: burr walnut case

Rare Large Antique Organ Music box with Bells by George Bendon, c. 1865: legs of stand

 


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