DescriptionMermod Frères Empress/Mira 18 1/2" Console Disc Music Box.
Sold by Lyon & Healy of Chicago circa 1905 for $160, the music mechanism, produced in Ste. Croix, Switzerland with single gantry and two musical combs of 24 extra wide, alternate strike bass teeth and 138 sublime harmony format teeth played in pairs on gilt cast iron bedplate, sound posts transfer vibrations to an internal soundboard, pressure roller rotates 180 degrees for loading discs, in American made mahogany console cabinet with concave front corners, twin pilasters, and applied central decorations, with ten 18 ½" steel discs with rolled edges for added rigidity.
Mechanisms were also sent to Jacot & Son, New York City sold under the Mira name. As a later entry into the disc music box market, the Mermod Frères design benefited from learned experiences. In spite of strong competition from phonograph sales, the Empress and Mira sold well, although these 18 ½" consoles sold in limited numbers due to their high cost.
Dimensions: 30" x 23" x 42" H
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