Antique Longue Marche Quatuor Music Box by Conchon, c. 1875
A wonderful-sounding ‘Longue Marche’ antique music box made by F. Conchon of Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1875.
The musical movement has a ‘Quatuor’ arrangement, which entails four combs tuned to imitate the arrangements of a quartet playing together. As a result, this music box has a particularly nice, rich sound. The movement is powered by a pair of large springs in a ‘Longue Marche’ configuration to keep the music playing for longer on one winding. The musical movement also features a tune indicator; tune selector (allowing you to select the tune you wish to hear); a zither bar; and speed control.
The music box plays eight operatic tunes as detailed on the replacement tunesheet, including Carmen, Robert the Devil, and Don Pasquale. The original tunesheet is also included, albeit in a rather deteriorated state.
The case is rosewood veneered with tulipwood inlays and brass cartouche plaques to both the lid and the front.