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Mandolin Musical Box by Ducommun-Girod, c. 1870
No. 13725/48, playing eight operatic airs and dances including "Il Trovatore, Coro di Zingari" ("The Anvil Chorus") by Verdi and "Le Pardon de Plörmel" by Meyerbeer, with 122 teeth in two combs (extreme bass tooth missing), mandoline teeth in groups of up to five, flat-topped winding lever, tune sheet no. 15765 (No. 79 in "Musical Box Tune Sheets" by H.A.V. Bulleid), dark-stained case with red interior, brass stringing and inlaid brass quatrefoils on front and lid, wd. 26 in. (66 cm), cylinder 17 in. (43 cm), case refinished, movement in unrestored playing condition, missing controls. - Literature: Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume, "The Musical Box, a Guide for Collectors", p. 107. Ord-Hume illustrates a mandolin musical box by Samuel Troll in a very similar case. - The present example carries the serial number of the movement in pencil on the underside of the case. The number 15765 on the tune sheet is presumably the gamme number and refers to the musical program. - A well-arranged mandolin movement in an unusual and elegant case.

Mandolinen-Walzenspieldose von Ducommun-Girod, um 1870,
Nr. 13725/48, mit 8 Opernmelodien und Tänzen, darunter "Il Trovatore, Coro di Zingari" ("Der Amboß-Chor") von Verdi und "Le Pardon de Plörmel" von Meyerbeer, mit 122 Zähnen in zwei Kämmen (äußerster Baßzahn fehlt), Mandolinenzähne in Gruppen von bis zu fünf Zähnen, flacher Aufzugshebel, Melodienblatt Nr. 15765 (Nr. 79 in "Musical Box Tune Sheets" von H.A.V. Bulleid), dunkel gebeiztes Gehäuse mit roter Innenausstattung, Messingbänder und eingelegte Messing-Vierpässe auf Front und Deckel, Breite 66 cm, Walzenbreite 43 cm, Gehäuse nachgearbeitet, Werk in unrestauriertem spielendem Zustand, Bedienhebel fehlen. - Literatur: Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume, "The Musical Box, a Guide for Collectors", S. 107. Ord-Hume zeigt eine Mandoline-Spieldose von Samuel Troll in einem sehr ähnlichen Gehäuse. - Das vorliegende Exemplar trägt die Seriennummer des Federwerks in Bleistift auf der Unterseite des Gehäuses. Die Nummer 15765 auf dem Stimmblatt ist vermutlich die Gamme-Number und bezieht sich auf das musikalische Programm. - Ein gut arrangiertes Mandolinenwerk in einem ungewöhnlichen und eleganten Gehäuse.

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