Antique Buffet Style Drum and Bell Music Box by Mojon Manger, c. 1885
An unusually large size buffet music box made by Mojon Manger of Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1885. The fully restored movement features a drum
The fully restored movement features a drum with 8 beaters and a beautiful array of 6 rack-mounted saucer bells with coloured enamel floral finials. This arrangement, and the unusual size, make this a very attractive and interesting music box. The movement also has a double spring for longer playing, and ‘On-Off’ levers for both the drum and the bells which can be engaged and disengaged at will. The governor also bears the maker’s stamp: ‘M M C’.
The music box plays 8 poplar tunes as listed on the replacement tunesheet, and has a particularly nice and varied sound. It comes in a gorgeous case veneered in burr walnut with kingwood crossbanding, together with brass, ebony and mother-of-pearl inlaid cartouches to the doors, and gilt carrying handles to the sides.