Museum-Quality 'Falstaff' Model Symphonion Antique Music Box, c.
We are very pleased to offer a truly special item: a Symphonion Falstaff.
This is the only example of this model currently known to exist.
The terracotta figure of Falstaff sits drinking on top of a metal
bound oak barrel, offering a toast to his company. He hugs his jug
of beer to his pot-bellied stomach, and his face is pleasantly flushed.
While a similar version of this music box, with Gambrinus sitting
on the barrel, is known to exist, neither I nor any expert or dealer
I know has ever found an original version of Falstaff. As such, this
music box is incredibly rare and special.
The barrel contains the
Symphonion twin-comb Sublime Harmony movement, which play 11 7/8” /
30cm discs. The sound is clean and beautiful. It is wound from the
rear and operated with a Stop/Start lever on the right hand side.
It is all in
completely original condition. The musical movement has been recently
restored to the highest standards. The figure has had some repairs
over the years and has one or two minor losses, but given its rarity,
is in incredibly good condition.
Originally, this music box would
have been destined to sit on top of a bar, and given that no-one
has seen an original Falstaff for many decades, it seems that he
tended to go the way of his drinking company, and generally got smashed.
Fortunately one escaped – and here he is.
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