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Polyphon Music Boxes

December 02, 2015 << Back

Have you admired this elegant 24.5" Polyphon. With its penny in slot, coin operated mechanism with original pediment and standing on a top quality reproduction disc storage bin? This Music box made in Walnut is a classic find, in flawless condition and comes with 10 metal music discs comprising of 8 original plus 2 recuts.
Here is a little more about the Polyphon. Basically it is the trade name of a disc-playing music box. The cylindrical music boxes were first invented somewhere during the late 17th century but came with certain limitations as to the music that could be played on it. With a lot of changes and inventions to provide variety in terms of music the Polyphon came into being towards the end of the 19th century. These particular music boxes were capable of providing individual tune discs.
The full-scale production of these music boxes kick started at the end of the 19th century continuing right through the early 1900s. The very first mechanical device was manufactured by Polyphon Musikwerke, located in Leipzig, Germany. The Polyphons had quite a widespread demand due to the individual discs and were exported worldwide including to the markets in England, France, Germany, Russia, Poland and  the Balkan regions.
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