Lot 251: MUSIC: Mira music box console, c. 1905-1914, along with 25 18 ½" dia. music discs: upright mahogany breakfront case with foliate bas...
December 5, 2016
Plainville, CT, USALive Auction
Description: MUSIC: Mira music box console, c. 1905-1914, along with 25 18 1/2" dia. music discs: upright mahogany breakfront case with foliate bas relief raised on four castered legs, hinged cover opens to reveal disc playing apparatus above single panel door opening to reveal slatted storage cabinet, "Mira" appears in gilt cursive lettering on underside of cover, enameled plaque reading "Jacot Music Box, 39 Union Square, New York" located above speed moderator, last patent date for Play mechanism listed April 25, 1905, crank included, does not come with key, beautiful rich sound when played, needs cleaning and adjustments including to slow fast moderator and zither attachment, the dampers are working and the leads appear to be in good condition but were not visually inspected, as per conditions of sale, no guarantees on mechanics, case refinished in 1990s, two detached trim pieces included, minor warping to right bottom sound hole, some separating between case and back left leg, minor surface wear and checking, 42 1/4" h. x 29 1/2" w. x 22 1/2" d.; along with 25 perforated zinc discs, selections from national anthems, folk songs, waltzes, opera, and popular music, featuring #792 Yale Boola March and multiple excerpts from "Robin Hood", "Faust", and "Mignon", expected wear including isolated bends to rim edges. [Successful buyer will receive photocopy of provenance information compiled by consignor. Erwin Starr Sperry (1866-1914), Yale University graduate (Class of 1887) and Bridgeport, CT resident, purchased this music box from the Jacot Music Box Co. (NY, NY) sometime between 1905 and 1914. After Sperry''s death, his wife Jennie Ginn Perry Sperry gained possession of the box. After Jennie''s death in 1932, the box transferred to her first cousin once-removed Marion Henry Jerolman (1896-1988). In 1988, the box was bequeathed from Marion Jerolman to her nephew John Francis Reynolds, III (1923-2005). After John''s death, the box passed to his widow, Frances English Reynolds (b. 1928) who later gave it to her son, John English Reynolds, the current consignor.] [PLEASE BRING APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE AND VEHICLE]