Antique 12-Air Music Box by Nicole Freres, c. 1890
A nice quality 12-air antique music box made by Nicole Freres of Geneva, Switzerland in c. 1890.
The movement features a zither baqr and a double spring for longer playing time, and plays a selection of 12 mainly popular tunes including ‘Funiculi Funicula’, ‘Estudiantina Waltz’ and ‘In Old Madrid’ as detailed on the original tunesheet.
The movement was overhauled some years ago and sits in a nicely inlaid roeswood case which has recently been refinished.
As described by an accompanying label, this music box was originally a present gifted by Colonel and Mrs Wyndham Murray in 1893, shortly after Colonel Wyndham Murray was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bath (England) in 1892. You can see more about Colonel Wyndham Murray here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyndham_Murray