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Small wooden box with hinged cover. A spring motor operates the cylinder with small steel pins; these pins pluck the tongues of a steel comb. Plays two tunes, "The Bay of Biscay" and "The Banks of Allan Water."


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

19th century

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6.25 x 8.25 x 11.75 cm (2 7/16 x 3 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

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Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Idiophones