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Object ID # 1976.076.001
Object Name Box, Music
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Date pre-1914?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Germany?
Description Novelty music box-style photograph album. Cylinder type music box. The maker's mark may be a "J" and "C" with a rope-entwined anchor logo. This combination photograph album and music box has a top cover which has a colourful illustration of an Edwardian-style woman who is wearing a low decollete red dress and a matching red hair ribbon in her upswept hairstyle. The illustration is obrdered with an approximately 4 cm wide border of geometric designs in each of the four corners and leaf and flora designs in a gold colour. The enitre cover appears to be a plastic finish (celluloid??). Under the cover are 14 cloth-bound, photograph pocket paper-covered pages with gilt designs around the picture windows. Each page can accommodate four photographs. The base of the box is slightly larger than the top and has a cavity within which has a small, cylindrical-type music box mechanism. There is a copper wire leading from the machine to the outer edge of the box. It was likely used to activate the machine. There is a printed label affixed underneath the mechanism. There are two song titles hand written: "The Wild Rose" and "In the Good Old Summertime". The music box is protected by a glass-windowed door to separate it from the album part. The base exterior is made of a red plastic or celluloid material and has decorative brass corners affixed. There is a brass fastener at one side to hold the book closed. "DGRM" is marked on a right edge of the base. This suggests that the photo album was manufactured in Germany. There is a winding key for the music box. It is silvertone, with a short, hollow shank with a threaded interior. One of the wings of the handle has a thorough hole.
Makers mark The maker's mark may be a "J" and "C" with a rope-entwined anchor logo?
Provenance The "DGRM" present suggests that it was manufactured in Germany or Europe? The maker's label of "J" and "C" and a rope-entwined anchor motif is not yet identified.

Provenance unknown. Last owned by Charles Gaviller of Owen Sound, Grey County who was a collector of antique music boxes.

Collection Musical Instruments & Accessories Collection
Material Wood / Metal / Inks / Celluloid?
Dimensions H-9 W-24 L-29 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Gaviller, Dr. Charles
Subjects Music boxes