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Replacement Comb for Musical Box
By Matthew Caulfield

The music box that Thomas Vance is seeking a replacement comb for in
the 06.02.04 MMD seems to be a Paillard box.  The tune sheet pictured
on his web site for that box is exactly No. 61b, shown on page 323 of
Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume's book, "The Musical Box: A Guide For Collectors,"
except that the cartouche at the bottom of 61b is empty, whereas Tom's
shows the obverse and reverse of a medal and the words "Phildelphie

Ord-Hume ascribes tune sheet 61b to Paillard, Vaucher fils.  The
letters CPC mentioned by Tom are associated with Charles Paillard and
with C. Paillard & Co.  (I'm wondering whether the "4" that Tom sees
might be the ampersand of "CP&C"?)  Ord-Hume mentions that C. Paillard
& Co. had offices in London and New York.

The tunes on the tune sheet suggest the box was made for the British
or the American market, although the inscription in the top cartouche
is in French: 8 airs, 10 pouces.  Ten pouces tells the length of the
cylinder; the old Swiss unit of measurement, the pouce (English
"thumb"), was equal to 1.065 inches.

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York

(Message sent Sun 5 Feb 2006, 18:31:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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