Antique Polyphon Music Disc - 12 1/4" - 12 1/2" - Johannes Strauss Waltz
Music boxes were first made in Europe in the late 18th century, and in the 1880's, the first self-playing interchangeable disc music box was made. Polyphon, one of many European music box companies, established the Regina Music Box Company in Rahway, NJ in 1892, and by 1910, most of the disc makers were out of business, having been replaced by the Edison Phonograph, the player piano, the nickelodeon, and the orchestrion.
Condition is very nice, there are a few minor dents which looks like can probably be straightened out. This is a beautiful object which I acquired for its looks and decorative appeal, but it does play a waltz by Johann Strauss should you have a player. Measures 12 1/4" - 12 1/2" in diameter.
Made of tin, this disc is stunning when hung on a wall for display. Very graphic. The juxtaposition of the oxidized tin surface and gold decoration is really quite appealing. This would make a fine visual for an eclectic display, or if you happen to have an old Polyphon player, you might want to learn how to waltz.
Item ID: RL2-152
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