12"l. Twelve-Tune Cylinder Musical Box by Nicole Freres,Geneva

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Nicole Frères, Geneva. Serial number 41862. Circa 1865. 21” x 8 1/2” x 6” (53 x 21 x 15 cm) box. 12”l. (30 cm), 3”diameter (7 cm) cylinder. The musical box plays 12 tunes, two per revolution, with a very fine sound and is housed within a rosewood box with rich floral and medallion marquetry design on the exterior lid, and inlay striping on the interior lid. There is a protective glass inner lid, decorative brass rosettes typical of the Ami Rivenc firm that enclose the comb screws, and a winding lever. An early note attached indicates that the music was restored by Genevan musical box maker Rivenc at the end of the 19th century which explains the brass rosettes.
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