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Early Keywind Cartel Cylinder Music Box by LeCoultre of Switzerland


Early keywind music box with 8-air Operatic programme.

 


This music box has its original lock key and mechanism.

 


All closed up.

 


Here is the programme card: Operatic programme including arias from La Traviata and Il Trovatore.

 


A view of the cylinder and comb.

 


Another view of the comb.

 


Here is the comb stamp: LeCoultre's mark of quality.

 


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Early in the history of the cylinder music box, French and Swiss firms, offshoots of the clock industry, began making small music boxes as a cottage industry. Built by skilled artisans and engineers, the mechanisms were driven by spring motors operated with clock keys! These early, simple-cased boxes were lovely indeed, and are known as key-wind cartel music boxes. This example is by LeCoultre circa 1835-45, and has an 8-air Operatic programme. A lovely arrangement, in original, unrestored condition with no broken teeth or tips on the comb. A future owner may wish to repin the cylinder, or for now, enjoy the music!


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