Barrel Organs

Street organ “ Simon Robinо"

    Street organ “ Simon Robinо"

    Great Britain, Manchester

    1910's

    Simon Robino

    Mahogany, metal, brass, steel, leather; casting, woodwork, lathing, woodcarving, decalcomania

    60 x 33 x 45 cm

    On the facade: “BY ROYAL LETTERS PATENT REGISTERED No 14977”, “SIMON ROBINO”, “Manufacturer of Piano Organs”, “SOLE MAKER OF PATENTEES MANDOLINE PIANOS ”, “12.14.16 PORTUGAL ST OFF GERMAN ST”, “OLDHAM RD ”, “MANCHESTER”. On the shield: “HONI SOIT QUI MALY PENSE”

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    Street organ in wooden case, on the pedestal with curved brass onlays on corner feet, black brand mark with coat of arms of Great Britain and inscriptions in curly golden frame and cast metal onlays in the form of flowers. On the facade of brown with brass corners on the side ribs and cast pads - a removable panel with a slotted grille, closed on the inside with a mesh cloth of white color. A removable panel with a slotted lattice, closed from inside with a white mesh fabric of white colour. Set of flue pipes, bellows and wind chest are inside. The pinned barrel removable lid with an aperture for the axis is on the right lateral side. A crank that raises and lowers the keyframe is on the case left side. Knife and bolt mechanism and fixing screws’ heads are beneath. Metal crank with wooden handle is on the case rear side. Lid with two hook locks is on the top. The pinned barrel with brass pins and bridges is under the lid. The keyframe with twenty-six 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 storage: pinned barrel.

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