East Indian Music box



The music box is 29 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 18 inches high. The story behind this restoration started when John was presented with the box held together with temporary steel straps, as the substrate boards had separated. The Marquetry had been painted over and the holes filled with latex filler. The base moulding showed the familiar sign of wood beetle and one side had been scorched by a fire. The internal workings consisted of a drum containing approximately 25,000 pins and 70 point combe, a 16-reed pipe organ complete with a mechanical bellows. Driven from the same spring was a small 4 inch drum which was fitted with a single striker. The entire system is driven by a thick one inch wide coil spring.