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Object ID # 1976.070.004ab
Object Name Box, Music
Title SYMPHONION Music Box (c. 1895?)
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Date c.1895?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Leipzig, Germany?
Description Disc-style SYMPHONION table-top style music box (a) and one accopanying steel music box disc (b). The inner lid has a printed paper label with "SYMPHONION' printed on it. It has English, French and German text. The English reads: "Patented in all States. Music box with steel tongues and interchangeable steel music discs, playing any number of tunes on the same instrument---Keep the box closed while playing the instrument."

The French abbreviation Brevete S.G.D.G. ("without government guarantee") and D.R.P. (DEP = Depose in French or Deponiert in German indicates a registered design or trademark--is D.R.P. something similar??) may help to date the piece (this sort of notation is also on some dolls)
Makers mark Printed paper label
Provenance This SYMPHONION music box was made in Germany and is likely c. 1895 as it has steel discs.
Provenance unknown.
It was collected by Dr. Charles Gaviller of Owen Sound at an unknown date.
Collection Musical Instruments & Accessories Collection
Material Steel/Wood/Ink/Paper
Dimensions W-17.5 L-19.5 D-11.8 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Gaviller, Dr. Charles
Subjects Music boxes