David Anthony

Swiss Bells in Sight Music Box - 9 Bell - Mahogany Case - 10 Airs

Swiss Bells in Sight Music Box - 9 Bell - Mahogany Case - 10 Airs


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Directory: Antiques: Instruments and Implements: Musical: Music Boxes: Pre 1900: Item # 1457074
David Anthony
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PO Box 630
Atlanta, Georgia 30009
404-805-3301

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A rare and fantastic Swiss Bells in Sight music box made of inlaid mahogany having 10 airs. The sound is beautifully nostalgic. It has 9 bells which chime with flower and bird strikers. The box is wound by a brass crank concealed on the left in a well. There are levers for starting, stopping; and enabling the chimes. The blind dovetail construction speaks to its quality construction. The box is in good to very good condition, the main defect being a horizontal crack part way across the lid. It is tight but visible. The top has minor marrings and missing inlay in 3 places. The lift strap of the dust cover has been replaced with a yellow makeshift cord wrapping around the cover - but readily repairable. The paper enumerating the airs has light to moderate foxing. The music box plays well but may hesitate - by design - to start though once going, it has no problems.

This 9 bell music box is hard to find - a prized find for a serious music box collector. Due to the delicacy of these machines, I am not inclined to ship though arrangements could be made for a shipper of your choice. As such I am specifying local pickup.