Roller Organs and Organettes

Organette “Ariston No 12”

    Organette “Ariston No 12”

    Germany, Leipzig


    Fabrik Leipziger Musikwerke vormals Paul Ehrlich & Co. AG

    Wood, metal, brass, silk, shellac; varnishing, presswork, carpentry, mechanical work, color printing

    46.5 х 28 х 46.5 cm; disk 32.1 cm

    On the case: “Ariston”; imprint on the bottom side: “Patent Ehrlichs 31124 Breveté s.q.d.g. tanlstimmen”


    Organette in wooden case, finished with black piano lacquer, with gold veins and frame with the decorative patterns on the lateral sides, with chiseled vertical ribs and feet. Two wooden handles of register sliders and three apertures with decorative bushings closed with red fabric from the inner side are on the front side. Detachable crank with black wooden handle is on the right-hand side. Golden color inscription “Ariston” is on the left-hand side. Three apertures with decorative bushings are on the rear side. Circular paper sticker with the image of children with musical instruments is on the top panel. Driving disk with an arbor and four mounting pins is in the center, a line of reading keys with ornately shaped clamping bar with golden embossed ornament is along the radius. The musical mechanism for twenty-four tones consists of a set of freely vibrating slotted reeds with two disconnectable registers and is activated by rotating crank, air is forced into bellows, cardboard perforated disk rotates, passing over the reading keys. When the apertures on the disk hit the corresponding keys, certain valves open, and air get to the slotted reeds and make them sound. Music media: cardboard disk.