Antique Interchangeable Orchestral Music Box by Cuendet, c. 1890
An unusual and bright-sounding interchangeable antique music box made by Cuendet of St Croix, Switzerland in c. 1890.
This music box is cute in its proportions: whilst the case is of a medium size, inside the movement is petite and features 3 engraved bells mounted one aboe the other, surmounted by a colourful enamel finial and struck by a combination of one butterfly and two standard strikers.
There is also a drum and a castanet. The interchangeable cylinders are also of a petite size and play four tunes each, most of which are English music.
There are 8 cylinders in total, the spares stored in a separate grained wooden case. The sound is pleasant and playful.
The case is veneered with tulipwood banding and floral decals to the lid and front, as well as gilt carrying handles.