FINE CYLINDER MUSIC BOXES
Beginning in the early 1800's, Swiss masters began producing small cylinder music boxes, starting with "sectional comb" pieces and graduating to large and orchestral varieties. Virtually all were produced in the St. Croix or Geneva regions, and one can only wonder in amazement that they were produced without the benefit of any electrically operated machinery or lighting! The music boxes that you will see on this and the next several pages fall into several categories, but all have one thing in common: they were top-quality when produced and remain so today.
Paillard 4-comb ""Quattor" Music Box
A large and rare 4-comb music box made by Charles Paillard in St. Croix, Switzerland, c.1880.
The unique and heavenly sound is the result of complex arrangements being played on a large 18" cylinder employing multiple combs, resulting in what seem to be several diverse instruments playing simultaneously.
The richly inlaid cabinetry, ornate gilt bronze handles and double-spring motors are indicative of what was made to be, and remains, a top-of-the-line instrument seen only in the finest of homes. #448
"Mandoline" Music Box
Swiss music boxes don't come any prettier than this one, an exquisite 1880 gem playing 8 airs in one of the nicest cases imaginable, made of rare thuya wood and inlaid with mother-of-pearl and the finest marquetry. While not huge, it commands center stage in my home and is quite a showpiece. #424