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Horton's Hand-operated Autophone Organette With Several Pages Of Music. For Sale
This item dates back to the 1880's. Manufactured by The Autophone Co., Ithaca NY, H.B. Horton's. It is designed to play music by hand-bellowed air, passing through the 22 "note-holes". Which notes get played is supposed to be determined by holes cut from the sheets that feed across the top as you squeeze and release the instrument.
As I will try to show in the photos, the front bellows are not in tact. The miter-cut wood segments are whole, but separated from the paper membrane. The rearsection seemsto be in tact.
Someone used black tape on the front flap.
The gears still ratchet, and the music strips feed through the mechanism. There is merely no air to blow the reeds.
I used a straw to draw air up through some of the holes, and the notes I could test (some were hard to cover with the straw due to their position) , seem to play.
The metal cap that folds over the top, in my opinion seems to have more wear then the rest of the organette.
Included, will be about twenty of the music sheets needed for this model. Some are in very rough shape, but I will include all of them. Also These 5.3" rolls are available online.
It measures about 5"x10" at the base, and stands approximately 11 inches tall.
I would be glad to answer any questions, and post more specific photos. In photo #9, the triangular pieces that construct the left front "joint" of the bellows, are held in place temporarily.
It's my opinion that this instrument would make a very nice display as it is, but with some restoration, this purchase can bring the buyer a very nice profit. Check out christies auct house page for a better idea.
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On May-16-13 at 09:30:22 PDT, seller added the following information:
CORRECTION...there are 15 music strips, not 20 as I stated...
Auld Lang Syne Hold The Fort Kentucky Home Nearer My God Loving kindness Grandfather's Clock Girl I Left Behind Me
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Irish Washerwoman Gather at the river Farewell to Erin Rescue The Parishing
Marching Along Balerma Unknown
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Horton's Hand-operated Autophone Organette With Several Pages Of Music.: $265