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 1188: Paillard, c. 1880

 


Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880

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This is a superior quality mandoline music box made by Paillard of St Croix, Switzerland in c. 1880.

The fully serviced musical movement features 9 engraved bells struck by bird strikers and a mandolin arrangement to the comb and cylinder with a particularly rich and complex sound. It plays a selection of 6 operatic tunes as listed on the original tunesheet.

The case is also of excellent quality: inlaid burr walnut with a brass and ebony cartouche to the lid, ormulu carrying handles and an ebonised plinth to the base. It is of the very best quality and all the more unusual thanks to the mandolin arrangement on a bell box, especially one with such a fine sound.


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Size:
Width:
24” / 61cm
 
Height:
11 ½” / 29cm
Depth:
13 ½” / 34cm

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Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: open view

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: musical movement

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: side view of cylinder

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: engraved bells with bird strikers

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: original tunesheet

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: side view of case

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: walnut case

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: brass inlay to lid

Antique 9 Bell Mandolin Music Box by Paillard, c. 1880: front of case

 


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