Done for the Director of the Italian National Museum of Musical Instruments who had given it up as lost and was thrilled with the results. No Italian has the skills for Music box restoration- all work is sent to Switzerland. A machinist had disassembled all parts but was unable to even reassemble the parts. Additional gear work, coin-op mechanism parts, gear cutters were necessary. We have since purchased the box from him.

 

 

 

Project #1 

Adler 66cm Disc Musical box
Adler 66cm Disc Musical box
Adler 66cm Disc Musical box
Adler 66cm Disc Musical box
Before restoration - jewel coffer by alphonse giroux, paris
Before restoration - jewel coffer by alphonse giroux, paris
Before restoration - jewel coffer by alphonse giroux, paris
After restoration - jewel coffer by alphonse giroux, paris
After restoration - jewel coffer by alphonse giroux, paris
After restoration - jewel coffer by alphonse giroux, paris

 

Project #2 

 

Adler  66cm  Disc  Musical  box

the finished box - jewel coffer by alphonse giroux, paris

A Jewel Coffer by Alphonse Giroux, Paris

 

Fully disassembled, all parts were stabilized, some were re-veneered in ebony and pearwood and marquetry, the whole ebonized and french polished. Interior linings were dry-cleaned and replaced, Three paintings on linen were copied by our miniaturist in Rome, The 2mm thin broken glass lense was slumped, and beveled. Ormolu parts were cleaned to preserve every bit of the original gold plating and refitted. Original screws re-blued, a key cut and refined and the whole reassembled.

 

 

 


 

jewel coffer  by alphonse  giroux, paris

 

Project  #  VArious

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Expert conservation of Fine Antiques, Music Boxes & Gilding


 

 

DougWiggins

Arlington, VA, 22204

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