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Unknown Roller Organ Cobs
By Jim Smith

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Hi,  I found some old music box spindles in a friend's attic, and would
like some help identifying them if possible.  Unfortunately, no music
box was found with them.  They are 6-5/16 inches long, and 2-1/16
inches in diameter.  They are made of wood, with little metal spikes
driven into them.  The end pieces have red paper glued on them with
black lettering.  One end piece reads (all of this is centered):

  "Directions  place the roller in the instrument
   with this end at your left hand and play it through
   until it shifts before opening it"

There is another hole near the outer edge of the spindle on this end
only, below the instructions.  On the other end of the spindle, on red
paper with black lettering is:

  "Patented July 14, 1885
   No. 109
   Marching Through Georgia"

Obviously, they aren't _all_ entitled "Marching Through Georgia",
but you get the drift.

Both centered holes (the holes in each end of the spindle that are
centered, not the off-center hole on the instructions end) have a small
pressed-in metal liner.  I'd say there are roughly 50 rows of metal
spikes, with a 1 inch gap offset near the middle.

Hope you can help with this!

Jim Smith
"If you're not part of the Solution, you're part of the Precipitate!"

(Message sent Tue 30 Jul 2002, 03:24:22 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Cobs, Organ, Roller, Unknown

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