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Lot: 8. French Serinette by Labert-Humbert with Original Maker's Label and Tune Card

11" (28 cm.) Encased in a lovely table-top sized fruitwood box is a hand-driven barrel organ with 10 open metal pipes. Its sound,consisting of 8 short tunes whose names are listed on the ink-script paper tune label on the inside lid,is created by turning the wooden hand-crank at the box exterior. Labert-Humbert,Mirecourt (Vosges),early 19th century. The original purpose of the serinette (from the French word serin for canary) was to teach domestic canaries to sing. Interestingly,one of the tunes is Le Bois de Boulogne,a popular bird watching site in Paris. Bearing the original maker's label,this serinette is preserved in fine original condition. $1500/2500

Realized Price: 1050

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