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Music Box And Key

This is a Music box and key. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1957. Its medium is wood, brass, printed paper. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The invention of the comb and cylinder music box is accredited to the Swiss watchmaker Antoine Favre-Salomon in 1796. In the nineteenth century Geneva became an important center for music box production. The melody is produced when a rotating cylinder with projecting pins strikes the teeth of a steel comb.

It is credited From the collection of Mrs. Lathrop C. Harper.

  • Drawing, The Music Party
  • brush and watercolor, white gouache, graphite on white wove paper.
  • Thaw Collection.
  • 2007-27-46

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 11.1 × 40.6 × 12.1 cm (4 3/8 in. × 16 in. × 4 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Music Box And Key; wood, brass, printed paper; H x W x D: 11.1 × 40.6 × 12.1 cm (4 3/8 in. × 16 in. × 4 3/4 in.); From the collection of Mrs. Lathrop C. Harper; 1957-165-1-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

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