Disc Musical Boxes

Musical box with metal disk

    Musical box with metal disk

    Germany, Leipzig

    Late 19th – early 20th centuries

    Symphonion Musikwerke

    Wood, metal, paper

    17 х 8.7 х 17 cm; disc diameter 14.5 cm

    Inscription on metal plate on the lid inner side: "Note Tune Plaque 28"


    Rectangular wooden box with lock and hinged lid. The case and the lid are painted imitating rosewood. The top surface is decorated with a sticker. The image of a harp surrounded by emblems is in the center. Floral patterns and swirls, images of angels playing musical instruments and inscription "Symphonion Brevete-Patent" are in the corners. An image of a girl sitting on a bench and reading a book, a boy, playing flute, and little boy with a bouquet of flowers and a letter in his hands are on the lid inner side. Musical movement consists of a metal disk and a sound comb for 36 tunes. The tune is activated by rotating the crank, which is inserted in the aperture on the lid  right side. Music media: metal disk.