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antiques; music boxes contain echoes of the past

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Dedicated to the Victorian style fix and working to get absolute authenticity on the inside details, it is likely to make the antique music box look like it.
More than any velvet sofa or lace curtain, the jingle melody from the antique music box reproduces yesterday\'s serenity.
\"At the height of the Victorian era, anyone has a music box,\" says Morton Weiner, owner of Molley antiques in Bronx, an expert in antique music boxes.
\"The traditional setting is the living room, but today collectors may be everywhere in the house.
\"Before the era of piano players, before Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the Music Box was the main means of family music entertainment --
Outside the live recital of a family member.
While the heyday of the Music Box was from the 1840s to around 1910, the idea of automatic music mechanics was rooted in the early days.
The figures upstairs in the 14 th century bell rang the bell, which may have inspired the watchmaker to create a small musical unit in jewelry --
Entertain nobles and other nobles like novels.
Advertisers such as goldsmiths, jewellers, lacquers and small manufacturers then joined the watchmaker to assemble a variety of artworks.
The bird box is particularly popular, reaching a superb level of craftsmanship between 1752 and 1850.
The Music Box was born when Swiss craftsmen directed their skills to a larger mechanism.
Louis faffer, who worked in Geneva at the beginning of the 18 th century, was called the father of the Swiss cylinder box. This is a self-
Musical instruments, usually activated by winding the spring mechanism, which consists of one or more Combs with teeth or pointed teeth, each of which is tuned to the notes in musical creation.
When the cylinder rotates, the teeth vibrate and sound.
The cylinder boxes made by artisans such as Nicole Flores, le Kurt, Bremond and Paramount are today respected by collectors.
With the development of the German box, the audience got a wider repertoire.
The industry opens its doors to mass marketing of perforated steel or copper plates that can be made quickly, cheaply and in large quantities.
Eventually, an American branch of the German company Polyphon was established in Rahway, New York. J.
According to Mr. Regina, the boxes were produced on the label of Regina, attracting American interest in something less show-off than their more sophisticated European counterparts,
Weiner, one of the most popular collections today.
By the 1880s S, Sears, Roebuck showed the music box in the catalogue at the middle-class price.
Meanwhile, there are some coins in these music boxes
Slot mechanism used in public halls or pubs-
The predecessor of the record machine
With the invention of Edison\'s phonograph, the manufacture of cylinders and discs came to a standstill, and the construction of music boxes became a lost art.
In fact, in the year 00 s, the International Music Box Association was established to preserve and preserve existing examples.
This still-in-existence society also oversees the display of historical works, one of which is at the Lockwood Building in Norwalk, East, Connecticut.
Including some music boxes as high as grandfather\'s clock. Mr.
Weiner, who has long been interested in music boxes, began carefully collecting and handling them five years ago, and he traveled around Europe and the United States to replenish inventory.
His products include a beautiful mahogany inlaid box, a table size, produced by German company Symphonion in the late 18 th century.
The mellow tone is controlled by a large pizza-sized metal plate.
Its price is $3,500.
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The more refined sound comes from a Swiss roller walnut with 1875.
The rich sound was surprising as the box was tall and wide, but only half the depth of the Symphony model.
It is characterized by a combination of two Combs, one playing melody and the other playing harmony.
Another spectacular hiccup
About 1880 of the walnut Swiss box has the added charm of the bell, activated by a cylinder, which also triggers three automatic Mandarin numbers to tap the bell.
It is also $6,000.
French wooden jewelry box (small size)circa 1810)
Bronze trim and Sevres tiles worth $700. According to Mr.
Weiner, the winding method is a clue to the date of the Music Box: if the key is used, the work is made between 1840 and 1850;
If there is an external crank between 1865 and 1870, if there is a ratchet after 1870.
There are many kinds of music played in the Music Box, from opera aria to popular songs, and many songs are accompanied by religious or patriotic enthusiasm.
The advertisement in a separate category is the bird box, where Mr.
Weiner rose an attractive sample from $4,500.
The Toys of these rich people are not so much a form of entertainment as a gorgeous toy made of precious metals with diamonds, rubies, Sapphire, etc.
When activated, a bird decorated with real feathers pops up Jack-in-the-
The box is stylish and can make a little sound when it swings, spins and moves the ivory mouth. Since Mr.
Weiner, who works at home, relies on some of the more prestigious antique exhibitions as shops.
Today, his collection is on display at the Baltimore summer antiques fair at the Inner Harbor Convention Center.
He will also have a booth at the New York Armory Antique Show, which begins. 30 to Oct.
4, and at Jacob Javits Convention Center, the New York International Antique Show runs from October. 29 to Nov. 1.
Another local expert in the music box is Rita Ford.
Weiner is called \"The big lady of music\"box world.
Her shop at No. 19, 65 East Street, Manhattan, is often accompanied by pleasant music --box tunes -
\"Don\'t you go home, Bill Bailey?
Integrated with the Blue Danube.
\"There are several wives.
Ford\'s antique music box is as big as furniture.
Among them, the Swiss Rosewood cylinder box is more prominent (1889)
Made by Samuel troll Firth.
The price of $75,000 includes eight cylinders, each with six songs and its own storage box under the box.
Equally impressive is the Swiss box made by Mermod Freres and liltingly, known as the sublime harmonies Piccolo Supreme.
It is known that there are only five such boxes, each with a matching mahogany table.
There are six interchanging cylinders in the box, each with six tunes, 24 inch long and 4 inch in an unusual diameter.
The box is also $75,000.
At the other end of the scale is a lecooltres cylinder box of about 1880, which plays Four Kinds of Air for $3,250.
This compact model is similar in size to today\'s portable tape player.
A version of this article was printed on page 2002028 of the National edition on August 23, 1987 with the title: antique;
There are echoes of the past in the music box.
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