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Three Day Fine Art and Antiques Sale January 2016

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A 19th century walnut vertical Penny-In the Slot coin-operated Polyphon, playing 24 inch discs, spindle pediment with shaped cresting and turned finials, above an arched rectangular glazed door flanked by turned and reeded columns, plinth base, turned feet, 147cm high, 81cm wide, approximately 26 discs, c. 1895  Although the name of the distinguished Geneva-based musical box manufacturers Nicole Freres appears on the label, they only acted as agents for Polyphon Musikwerk of Leipzig, who invented this type of mechanical musical instrument in 1870, perfecting it by 1895 and thereafter mass producing them in a variety of sizes until c 1910.   Literature: Webb, G., The Disc Music Box Handbook (London 1971) 222.
sold for £5600.00

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A 19th century walnut vertical Penny-In the Slot coin-operated Polyphon, playing 24 inch discs, spindle pediment with shaped cresting and turned finials, above an arched rectangular glazed door flanked by turned and reeded columns, plinth base, turned feet, 147cm high, 81cm wide, approximately 26 discs, c. 1895 Although the name of the distinguished Geneva-based musical box manufacturers Nicole Freres appears on the label, they only acted as agents for Polyphon Musikwerk of Leipzig, who invented this type of mechanical musical instrument in 1870, perfecting it by 1895 and thereafter mass producing them in a variety of sizes until c 1910. Literature: Webb, G., The Disc Music Box Handbook (London 1971) 222.

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