Roepke music box. Orchestral music box no. 256.
Made by Roepke and Co, Ltd, Salford. Glass House Street off Regent Road.
Rare example of a patented lever plucker type musical box – one of few known surviving. Also a very rare example of a Roepke music box. Uses cards on which a tune is punched to activate a series of levers which pluck the tuned comb.
Originally from Leipzig, Carl Albert Roepke appears in local directories for the years 1888 – 1898, all addresses in Manchester except for 1894-5 when in Salford.