Swiss music box

Swiss music box

This Swiss music box, an exceptional work of both mechanical and furniture artistry, was made in Geneva ca. 1863 by F. Conchon. It was the height of fashion in the 19th century to have one of these in your parlor! Constructed of Circassian walnut, prized for its swirled grains, the box’s musical apparatus is visible through the glass lid. Brass rolls, seen in the drawer, provided the music, 10 songs to each roll, and there are four rolls here. It was purchased in Switzerland by George Henry Hewitt of Meriden, NH as a gift for his mother. It was donated to the Museum by the Huggins family of Durham.

H2, back corner, free standing

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