Very Rare Antique Music Box with Bells
and Clock by Bremond, c. 1875
This is a very special music box: an antique music box with
an 9 engraved bells and an 8 day striking clock, housed in an extremely
unusual and attractive case. It was made by BA Bremond of Geneva, Switzerland
c. 1875, serial
number 38778, and makes for a brilliant spectacle.
The musical movement
features 9 engraved bells struck by bird strikers and plays 8 mainly
operatic airs with an excellent, rich sound. The musical movement is
also connected to the 8 day striking French clock in the front of the
case so that the music can play on the hour (there is a 60 second delay
after the striking of the clock before the music begins to play). This
function can be engaged and disengaged at will.
The music can also be
played at any time, and the bells can be engaged and disengaged at will.
The selection of tunes are listed on the original tunesheet on the inside
of the lid.
The case is extremely unusual, with an elegant and voluminous
scrolling shape I have never seen before. It is beautifully inlaid to
the lid and also around the clock to the front using a variety of different
This music box is extremely rare and a magnificent spectacle piece
in excellent condition, and with a wonderful sound. A real rarity, and
a special item.
about this music box
32” / 81cm
12” / 30 cm
14 ½” /