Unusual Double Mainspring Musical Box
Conservation of double spring musical box in mahogany case c. 1870. The top inlaid with floral marquetry. Case cleaning and treatment for worm. The movement was cleaned and overhauled. The box did not work and the fault was in wear in the governor staff and damage to the jewel as well as general dirt in the bearings.
The movement was removed from the case and dismantled and cleaned. The governor was dismantled and cleaned, the staff tips re-polished and a new jewel fitted. The springs were inspected and cleaned and re-lubricated. The cast iron base which had lost muck of its original gold finish was re- coloured to comply with the client’s wishes. The pins on the barrel were checked and found to be in good order, the box having been rarely used. The movement was assembled and tested. The case was cleaned slightly preserving the original finish. and finished with wax polish.. The base was treated for worm infestation.