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Music Box

1894-5

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.