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Rare, early Regina music box with Japanese lacquer decoration


This Regina has a rare factory special order black and red color scheme that is truly striking. Musically this machine really resonates!

 


Here is a close-up of the excellent original Japanese artwork!

 


Here is the bedplate and musical mechanism of the Regina. Very clean, an early original from the early part of the 1890s.

 


Here's a close up photo of the musical comb and bedplate. It is rare to find the comb so clean and untarnished!

 

This Regina is a rare, very early example of the production from the Rahway, N.J. factory. This music box dates to 1893 or 1894, and is an example of the very earliest production as the case is American and the mechanism imported from the Polyphon Werke in Leipzig, Germany. Even more fascinating is the choice of case style on this example. The company did offer the usual oak or mahogany cabinets on this 11 inch music box, but as shown in the Regina literature, they also made available a choice of specially applied decorations on request. This is an example of a special order oriental finish and is very uncommonly seen today! The cabinet is in very good condition, particularly for the fragile lacquer, and has only a few tiny spots of lacquer flaking in inconspicuous areas. The black cabinet with red lacquer interior is striking! The Regina Queen of Music lithograph has been replaced with a clean reproduction, and the music box really hearkens back to another time in history! Mechanically, this music box is absolutely original, with an excellent and resonant tone, a set of original disks, and even the original crank! Guaranteed to entertain the eyes and the ears.


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