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Unusual Ducummon Girod Music Box
By Brian Chesters

Hello all,  I paid a visit to a fellow collector here in the UK this week
and he showed me a musical box, the design of which I had not seen
before.

It was a Ducummon Girod cylinder box, with a cylinder about 13 inches
long, playing 6 airs with an organ accompaniment.  The organ keys were on
the extreme bass end, (not in the centre as on mine and most others I
have seen).  The left-hand side of the cylinder had a complete
lever-wound spring and governor assembly to run the musical box, and on
the right-hand side was an identical lever-wound spring and governor to
pump the small bellows.

The benefit, of course, was that we could not bother with winding the
organ spring, and just hear the musical combs.  I guess that it would
date from 1870, but the lid to the case was particularly nicely inlaid.

The collector believes that it is unique, but I would personally doubt
that, as no musical box manufacturer could afford to spend the R&D just
to make one box.  So are there any others similar to this one?

Brian Chesters


(Message sent Thu 7 Aug 1997, 08:22:26 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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