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Barrel organ

Rectangular case of poplar, decorated on front, back, sides and underside of lid with 'combed' varnished finish. Lid decorated with applied transfer print depicting two birds protecting nest of eggs from attacking snake, surrounded by transfer-printed border of silver and green vine leaves. Single wooden barrel, turned by a worm and wheel, and set of bellows activated by a crank at front of case. Top of bellows covered with wood-effect paper. Beech tracker-rod for changing tunes, its end emerging as handle at right-hand side of case. Twenty-two brass reeds in base of case, below bellows.

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  • Inscriptions:Label: "R.J. Ward & Son, Musical Instrument Maker, 10 St Anne Street, Islington, Liverpool" on oval cermaic label on lid, and "Ward & Son, Musical Instrument Makers, Liverpool / From Ward and Sons' Musical Instrument Manufactory, 10 St Anne Street, Islington, Liverpool, Concertinas, Accordions, Flutinas, Violins, Guitars, Banjoes, Violin and Banjo strings, etc etc" on paper label on top of bellows|Inscription; "Bought by Austin Johnson, 31 Fairview Road, Oxton, Birkenhead, 1935" in ink, and batch number "5757" in pencil, both on front of reservoir
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  • Repository:National Museums Liverpool
  • Measurements:Height 285mm, width 585mm, depth 290mm