Music boxes by L'Épée with or without serials

Spielwerke / movements


[1]


[33]


1216


2476


3422


7858


Early 11000

 


12122


12149


13150


13386


14043


19260


19373


20130


20572


20930


23445


24479


24480


25075


25486

 


25752


26477

26645



26925


29661


32507


33769

 


36495


38769


24480


40804


41947


42554

 


42763


42882


45631


48507


48729

 


48737


50307


54667


53221


54667

   

[1],
[2] (clockbase, attrib. to L'Épée),
33, 1216, 2476, 3422, 4321, 7858, 12122, 12149, 13386, 14043, 6th: Valse Belle Gabrielle, 17570, 18929, 19260, 19373, 20130, 20572, 20930, 23445, 24479, benachbarte Seriennnummer: 24480, 25486, 3rd: Martha, 4th: Le Travatore, 25617, 25752, 26477, 26645, 26925, 29661, 32507, 1st: Faust, 33769, 3rd: Home Sweet, 36495, 38769

40028, 40804, 41947, 42554, 3rd: My Old day, 6th: Only, 42763, 42882, 45631, 48507, 48737, 50292, 53221, 54667

release F



Typical L'Épée features



[1] no serial


Ebay 2022 Jan 10


[2] no serial, attributed to L'Épée, in a clock base


Ebay 2023 Feb 18

 


Nr. 33


Nr. 1216

„I feel sure the wedding march is the Mendelssohn item most seen on tune sheets; it goes very well with drum and bells, as noted in fig. 1-15 for L´Epée Serial No. 1216. Suppé´s Boccaccio of 1879 is the latest tune of the six and its amusing that only the composers of the last two get their names on the tune sheet scrolls! The others are famous in different ways including T.B. Bishop of Maine, U.S.A., who wrote the words and the music for When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again. He had previously written, in 1859, first the chorus and later the verses of John Brown´s Body Lies A-mouldering … The strange thing about this tune sheet, which I am sure is the original for this musical box, is the FC monogram at top center, because it is always associated with F. Conchon. He was fully established by 1879 an no link is known between him and L´Epée. Nor can I explain the No. 2863 on the tune sheet, as 748 is probably the Gamme number. The printing is in black and gold by J. Pattegay, Mulhouse, France, quite near Sainte Suzanne and it is titled MUSIQUE DE GENEVE, common on L´Epée tune sheets but not on conchon. L´Epée Serial No. 4321 has the same tune sheet.“ (Bulleid, Technology, p. 22-23)

The mechanism of Serial No. 1216 has all the L´Epée characteristics except for a conventional brass Bremond-style winding lever. Some are shown in figs. 1-16 and 1-17. Several main components are marked 1216 or 16 and many common details such as bearing brackets are stamped 40. The cylinder setting dots are on tune 4, between track lines, typical of L´Epée.
The six bells and nine drum teeth are in the central 15-tooth comb so the main comb of 96 teeth is in two halves. The total of 111 teeth at L´Epée 0.018“ (0.46 mm) track width cover 12.1“ (31 cm) of pinning on the 12.8“ (33 cm) cylinder, leaving about ¼“ at bass end and ½“ at reble end unpinned, rather unusual and probably considered utterly deplorable by many Swiss makers. The 96 music teeth permit good decoration in all the melodies, quite cleverly kept clear of bell and drum noise.
Twisted tensioning wires criss-cross the drum, with screwed adjustable tightened hooks; all purely decorative as the metal face, back, and body of the drum are all soldered together. To prevent harshness the drum strikers are fitted with leather pads.
(Bulleid: Cylinder Musical Box Technology, 1994, p. 23-24)


Nr. 2476

Made by L'Epee of St. Suzanne, France, numbered 25752 and with serial number 2476

Approximately 22" (56 cm) wide x 8" (20 cm) deep x 5¾"(14.6 cm) high

Antiques Atlas No. as1159a014 / 3414


Nr. 3422


Nr. 4321

has the same tune sheet design as No. 1216


Nr. 7858


Nr. Early 11000

 


Nr. 12122


©Ebay 2022 Aug 30


Nr. 12149


Nr. 13150


Ebay 2023 Apr 24


Nr. 13386


Nr. 14043, 6th: Valse Belle Gabrielle, 6 airs


French 8-day time and strike movement with 2 auxiliary movements striking at the the hour and half-hour, pull rod music box with three tunes, unsigned 40 x 34 x 7 inches


Nr. 17570


Nr. 18929


Thibouville-Lamy-Melodienblatt (Kopie)

Seltene Forte-Piano-Walzenspieldose von L'Epée, um 1860Nr. 18929, 8 Melodien, mit zwei Stahlkämmen (beide komplett), 64 Töne (Forte) und 44 Töne (Piano) (in Chevron-Formation, die Baßzähne jeweils links und rechts, glatte Grundplatte, Aufzugshebel mit Holzgriff, Metall-Steuerplatte, Thuya-furniertes Gehäuse, spiegelsymmetrisch furnierte Front, gewölbter Deckel mit gravierter Messingeinlage, Gehäusebreite 63 cm, Walzenbreite 41,5 cm

Auction Team Breker 2023 Mar 25


Nr. 19260


Nr. 19373


Nr. 20130


Nr. 20572



Nr. 20930


Nr. 23445


Nr. 24479

Private ownership


Nr. 24480


Ebay 2022 Dec 16


Nr. 25486, 3rd: Martha, 4th: Le Travatore


bedplate top left


14 x 47 x 18


Nr. 25752


Serial


Gamme


Nr. 26477


Nr. 26645


MMW-31-2022-p7-fig8


SW agents-stamp


Nr. 26925


Nr. 29661

No. 29251, playing six airs including Champagne Charlie and Dixie's Land, with reverse-lever wind, silvered bedplate, Metzler & Co. retailer's label, tune sheet and grained case, the rosewood lid with brass stringing and central inlay of brass and coloured enamel - 16in. (41cm.) wide, the cylinder 8½in. (21cm.)


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Metzler & Co, London



Nr. 32507, 1st: Faust


Nr. 33769, 3rd: Home Sweet


bedplate top left ad woog


Ebay 2023 Okt 2


Nr. 36495


Ebay 2023 Mar 7


Nr. 38769

AW = Adolphe Woog

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Nr. 40028


©Ebay 2022 Okt 3


Nr. 40804


Nr. 41947


Nr. 42554, 3rd: My Old day, 6th: Only


Nr. 42763

52 cm (Breite) x 19,5 cm (Tiefe) x 14 cm (Höhe)
Privatbesitz


Nr. 42882


Nr. 45631


Nr. 48507


Nr. 48729


J. Hebblewhite


Ebay 2024 Jan 13


Nr. 48737


Nr. 50307


See the Chapter Escutcheons of the keyhole


Nr. 50292

Stamped Alf & S. No Pict.


Nr. 53221

Identical with Nr. 1bb of the left and right dominated tune sheets


Nr. 54667

Identical with chapter 1bb of the left and right dominated tune sheets