Chamber barrel organ

    Chamber barrel organ

    Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Pekařov (Beckengrund)


    Franz Kolb's & Söhne

    Wood, metal, brass, steel, leather; casting, woodworks, lathing, marquetry, veneering, varnishing

    86 х 46 х 94 cm

    On the frieze: “Franz Kolb’s Söhne Beckengrund Mharen”. On the blank: “Franz Kolb’s Söhne Orgelbau”, “Beckengrund Mharen" “PROGRAMM”; numbered tunes' list: “1. Lokolmarsch”, “2. Khatarina”, “3. Elmie ist á Rozzain Án erikába”, further illegible, "1927”


    The body of the organ is wooden, veneered, varnished, on the plinth with ornately shaped feet, with brass plates. Ornament in the marquetry technique is on the plinth and façade, a profiled black cornice. Detachable panel with an open window and two vertical windows in ornately shaped frames, covered with beige cloth is on the front panel. Nine golden colour flue pipes with brown cover plugs are mounted in the open window, colored engraving depicting a girl and a young man in ornately shaped frame is below. Cast metal carrying handles are on the body sides. Detachable pinned barrel lid with an aperture for the axis and three metal outputs of the slider with apertures are on the right side. Anchor-shaped crank raises and lowers the key frame into the operating position. The clamping unit is below. The rear side is stepped, two rectangular windows in black frames are on the top side. The bottom part is with two panels. Set of flue pipes and wooden trumpet pipes is visible behind the top panel. A lid with a key lock closes the lower part. Illegible hand-written form with the list of tunes is on the lid inner surface. Pinned barrel for nine tunes and a key frame with forty tunes, according to the number of basic tones are under the lid. With the key frame raised, the barrel can be set in one of nine positions according to the selected tune. Metal flywheel with wooden handle is on the rear right side. As the flywheel rotates, the worm gear rotates the barrel, and the crank gear activates the working bellows that pump air into the wind chest with valves, distributing the compressed air between the flue pipes. Pins and bridges on the pinned barrel raise the keys that open the valves of the respective pipes; the air from the wind chest enters flue pipes and makes them sound. Music media: pinned barrel.