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Snuffbox Movement by E. Gaillard
By Philippe Rouillé

In answer to the forwarded message of Robert Worden, about E. Gaillard
being a maker of small music box movements ca. 1870, here are some tips.

1) The only mention of Gaillard I found in the specialized literature
is in the book, "The Musical Box Handbook", by Graham Webb, Vestal
Press, 1984: "Gaillard, E., Switzerland.  Signed tuned steel comb
musical movement under clock barometer.  Ca. 1872".

2) In the small 3-tune snuff box which was proposed in the Chartres
auction, No. 737 (and it was one of the very rare unsold lots, I wonder
why !), the name Gaillard is stamped on the bedplate and not on the

Besides that one I know of a small wooden musical box with a small doll
dancing on top of the cover, with a very similar 3-tune movement, 72 mm
cylinder, with bedplate stamped 7322 and the comb (and not the bedplate)
stamped E. Gaillard, like your box.  The interesting thing in that later
box is that under the box is a paper label with the famous music box
maker : "A. Rivenc Geneve, 6879 ga.ul" and a small metal plate is
inscribed : "Ami Rivenc Fabricant Geneve".  There is a tune sheet with
3 tunes (of which "le postillon de Longjumeau", 1872), bearing the
mention : A. Rivenc a Geneve.

So possibly E. Gaillard made small movements for other makers, like
Ami Rivenc.

3) I asked of Etienne Blyelle, a very knowledgeable specialist in
Geneva : he has three good similar movements by Gaillard, but has no
information on this maker.  He confirms that many makers did movements
for other makers.

4) It would be worth asking another specialist in music boxes : Anthony
Bulleid in England, who writes a regular chronicle in the MBSGB journal.

5) I wonder if there was not an article or a mention of Gaillard either
in the MBSI Journal, or more probably in the MBSGB journal a few years
ago, but alas I do not have time right now to search ...

Best regards,

Philippe Rouille (Paris, France)

(Message sent Tue 5 Jun 2001, 08:05:51 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

Key Words in Subject:  E, Gaillard, Movement, Snuffbox

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