Regina 20-3/4-inch, Style 26 Music Box w/23 disks (110795)

Currency:USD Category:Musical Instruments Start Price:500.00 USD Estimated At:1,000.00 - 2,500.00 USD
Regina 20-3/4-inch, Style 26 Music Box w/23 disks  (110795)
2,900.00USDto D*****2+ (725.00) buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2020 Feb 14 @ 14:02UTC-8 : PST
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Long before there were stereo cabinets full of electronics, or the Walkman(R), or an iPod(R), music boxes bought popular tunes out of the concert halls and into the home. These mechanical marvels became sufficiently sophisticated that they could play a variety of melodies "recorded" on thin metal disks with precisely placed perforations that plucked a tuned metal comb as the disk was rotated by a wound-spring motor. This music box was built by the Regina Company in 1899, serial number 31815, and has a clever folding top with two small rollers that support the outer edge of the metal disk as it is being played. The metal disks of Regina music boxes were played slightly curved into a saddle shape so the pins on the underside of the disk would firmly engage into the mechanism that plucked the tuned metal comb that produced the sound. This model has two metal combs, directly opposite each other, effectively doubling the tonal range of playable notes. The cabinet has a dark cherry-like stain with some wear at the edges. It is 29-3/8 inches wide, 21 inches deep, and 11-1/4 inch tall when the top is closed. The winding crank is missing, but the spring-driven motor is working. The lot includes 23 metal disks, 20-3/4-inches in diameter with title such as Still Night (Silent Night), Souza March (disk 5028), America - My Country 'Tis of Thee - Sweet Bye and Bye (disk 5067), Hiawatha A Summer Idyl (disk 5483), and many more. Most of the disks have some rust, and a few have some damage to the edge holes that rotate the disk. The rust has no effect on the playability, and the hole damage does not inhibit rotation in most cases. The sound is magnificent, bright, and rich.

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Date: 1899