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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ralph Meyer)(fwd)
A couple of years ago I acquired this home made (?) "serinette" type 4-tune barrel organ. The auction catalogue assured me that it was circa 1850, and on advice I paid a leg and an arm for it.
It appears that the housing came first, and that the mechanism was built into it. The outside box dimensions are 360(L) x 223(D) x 220(H) mm. The pinned barrel is about 240 mm long, and has 22 notes.
As shown on the illustrations, the mechanism, bellows, etc. are quite crudely constructed. Nevertheless the resultant sound -- all things considered -- is quite good.
There is nothing to further identify this very charming piece and I'm hoping that somebody out there much more knowledgeable than I am can throw some light on the history of this item.