Barrel Organs

Street organ

    Street organ

    Germany, Waldkirch


    Wilhelm Bruder Söhne (Sohne)

    Wood, metal, steel, brass, leather, fabric, glass; casting, woodwork, lathing, marquetry, lithography, varnishing

    60.5 x 33 x 53 cm

    On the blank: “WILHELM BRUDER SÖHNE”, “ORGELFABRIK”, “WALDKIRCH I/BR. (BADEN)”, “Orgel Vo.”, “Walze No”, “Verzeichnis der Stücke”, “1. Valse de Rose. Valse.”, “2. Tief im Böhmerwald. Valse”, “3. Ballsirenen Valse.”, “4. So ne kleine Frau Polka.”, “5. La Petite Tonkinoise Scottisch”, “6. O, Susanna Skottisch”, “7. Bitte lajs mich Mazurka”, “8. La Mattchiche Marsch”, “9. Unsere Garde Marsch”; “10. “Weiße Dame” Balade”


    Street organ in wooden case, on a pedestal with curved brass onlays on the corner feet and foliate ornament in the form of flowers and leaves in the marquetry technique. A removable black panel with three arches in the golden frame is on the black facade with a triple frame composed of various wood species. Two arches are covered with Bordeaux fabric from inside. A glazed lithograph with the image of a town on the lakeshore in the mountains is in the central arch. The belt clips are on the case lateral sides. Pinned barrel removable round lid with an aperture for the axis and three register slides with rope loops are on the right-hand side. The crank lifting and lowering the keyframe into operating position is on the left-hand side. Knife and bolt mechanism, fixing screws’ heads with washers are below it. Metal crank with wooden handle is on the case rear side. Two lids with two hook locks are on the top side. Flue pipes, bellows and wind chest are under the front lid. Pinned barrel is under the back one. Company blank with a craft frame and a hand-written list of melodies is on the back lid inner side. The keyframe with twenty keys according to the number of tunes is above the pinned barrel.
    With the keyframe raised, the barrel can be moved along the axis and set to one of nine fixed positions according to the selected melody. As the crank is moved, the worm gear rotates the barrel and drives the bellows that inject air into the wind chest with valves. Pins and bridges on the lift the keys that open the valves of the corresponding pipes. The air from the wind chest enters the pipes and make them sound. Music media: pinned barrel.