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 1211: Langdorff (?), c. 1870

 


Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870

A superb quality forte piano mandoline antique music box possibly made by Langdorff in Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1870.

This music box has a wonderful subtle sound thanks to its unusual arrangement, and plays an unusual selection of 8 operatic tunes including Meyerbeer’s ‘La Prophete’ (featured in the video), Mendelssohn’s Song No. 4, and Beethoven’s Waltz No. 3. The extra large spring indicates the quality of the music box, and allows for longer-than-average running time.

It is housed within a gorgeous burr walnut case raised on an ebonised plinth, and also features its original tunesheet in a design very rarely seen.

A beautiful and fine quality music box.
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Size:
Width:
26” / 66cm
 
Height:
8 ½” / 21cm
Depth:
10” / 26cm

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Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: open view

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: musical movement

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: cylinder

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: spring

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: original tunesheet

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: side view

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870:  case

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: front of case

Antique Forte Piano Mandoline Music Box, Swiss, c. 1870: lid


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