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Barrel organ

"Miniature Barrel Organ of Mahogany. It is of rectangular form. The front has in the centre two pointed and curved arches outlined by applied mouldings, each containing five imitation pipes of gilt wood. On either side are narrow panels formed of moulded and filleted members. The base, also moulded, stands on four turned feet. Within is a barrel playing ten tunes, the names of which are inscribed on a piece of paper below the lid" - Registered Description, Victoria & Albert Museum, 29th November 1932.

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    about 1810 (Made)
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    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Joined, planed and varnished mahogany case; gilded pipes
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  • Inscriptions:1. La Carnaval de Venice 2. La Pantalon 3. La Poule 4. Isle of France 5. La Pasame 6. Vulcan's Cave 7. Polacre 8. Tyrolese Waltz 9. Miss Gayton 10. Danish Waltz
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Height: 45 cm, Width: 42.5 cm, Depth: 23.5 cm