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Nicole Frères

6 REVOLVERS
MUSIC BOX

1870

6 Revolvers Music Box
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6 Revolvers Music Box

The ‘6 revolvers’ by Nicole Frères is truly a one of a kind music box. Without the need for heavy lifting and with a steady alignment, the new revolver mechanism would change cylinders seemingly on its own.

6 CYLINDERS
8 TUNES
1 MUSICAL COMB
162 REEDS
36”6 x 37”4 x 20”4

Nicole Frères
Geneva, Switzerland
Europe

Manufacturer

Although music boxes of the revolver type were produced by Paillard, Baker & Troll, Cuendet and other makers, the total number produced remained small. This is one of the reasons why the revolver box makes for such a highlight in our collection today. The cylinder music boxes by Nicole Fréres in Geneva, Switzerland, are among the finest cylinder music boxes built in the mid-19th century.

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Geneva City Hall, 1900
Geneva City Hall, 1900

technique

The charm of revolver boxes does not so much lie in their musical excellence but rather in the innovation of the mechanism and the fact that it made them easier to operate.

The difficult action of manual exchange of the cylinders was replaced by a set of plates that carry 3 to 6 cylinders which rotate them around a center shaft. A lever turns the group and fixes the selected cylinder when placed in front of the comb.

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Nicole Frères ‘6 revolvers’ Music Box
Nicole Frères
‘6 revolvers’ Music Box
1870
G. Baker-Troll & Co. Tsar Nicolas
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