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Mandoline Zither Music Box

Original price $2,800.00 - Original price $2,800.00
Original price
$2,800.00
$2,800.00 - $2,800.00
Current price $2,800.00
SKU 2041

6"x24"x9"

This lovely piece is a 19th-century Swiss Mandoline Zither music box. Mechanical music instruments date back several centuries; however, they were popularized by Swiss artisans in the 19th century by building upon the country’s strong watchmaking tradition. Swiss music boxes were produced in numerous shapes and sizes, and were capable of playing a variety of popular tunes. Most commonly, they would play six, eight, or ten airs. The current music box plays ten tunes offering a range of melodies for music enthusiasts. The selection of airs is listed on a handwritten plaque located on the under side of the lid. The panel is hand numbered 66002 and contains an assortment of vignettes. The illustrations depict young children playing and dancing to music, two allegorical figures, as well as scenes highlighting different Swiss landmarks. With its original movement intact, this mandolin zither music box generates a rich, beautiful sound. The cylinder rests under a protective glass cover. The movement is housed in a mahogany case with satinwood banding. The lid of the box features detailed marquetry designed in a vine pattern. When open, the case displays an ebonized interior. A few scuffs are noticeable along the outer edge of the case; nevertheless, this Swiss music box plays and works properly.