Allard et Sandoz Orchestral Music Box


This magnificent interchangeable 4 cylinder Orchestral Music Box was made in Geneva, Switzerland circa 1885, by the renowned firm of "Allard et Sandoz".

The 4 cylinders measuring 16" long each play 8 aires of varying music, as notated on the original tune label, totaling 32 aires. The arrangement is the prized "Sublime Harmony" consisting of 2 separate combs dedicated exclusively to the music. There are 2 separate combs for the 9 bells, drum and castanets'. The 9 engraved bells are struck by enameled butterflies. Three levers allow the listener to remove each accompaniment if desired, A tune indicator as well as "change at will lever" complete the piece. The musical movement is contained in a beautiful Burl Walnut wood case accented with satinwood banding, tulipwood border and a center Ormolu style inlay of brass, ebony, tulipwood and mother of pearl. The inside of the lid and dust cover are accented with pewter inlay banding. The music box retains its original "Tune Label" which is in excellent condition. The entire movement and case has undergone a complete restoration and is in truly spectacular "Museum Quality" music box. There is a separated decorative case to contain the three additional cylinders.

Case measurements are 43" x 17" x 13 1/2"

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