1207 : Mermod Freres, c. 1890

Antique Music Box with Mandarin Automata by Mermod Freres, c. 1890

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An unusual 6 bell antique music box made by the presitgious firm of Mermod Freres of St Croix, Switzerland in c. 1890. 

The bells feature a colourful array of three Mandarin Automata strikers who move their heads as the strike the bells.

The movement also features a number of quintessential Mermod Freres mechanisms: a combined tune indicator and selector dial, and a parachute safety check (glinting on the right in the video). The bells can be disengaged at will. 

This music box plays a selection of 12 well-known operatic tunes as detailed on the later tunesheet. 

The case is faux rosewood grained with an inlaid rosewood lid. 

Size:
Width: 26” / 67cm
Height: 9 ½” / 24cm
Depth: 14” / 36cm
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