The sound of the times

By Liam Nash

Guests are treated to a real slice of history when visiting one Cobram resident’s home.

One Moira Shire local owned an antique music box, rumoured to date back to the 19th century, which has been passed down through the generations to the current owner.

“It is a beauty, a real work of art,” the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

“I play it for people when they come over, otherwise it sits in the corner.”

The box itself is comprised of 96 teeth and an interchangeable brass cylinder, which produced eight spellbinding melodies of a sound so pure, it was hard to believe how old it may be.

But on closer inspection at the little ornate box, the weathered Swiss inscriptions and worn wooden exterior points a finger to the era and vintage to which it belonged.

The intricacy of the mechanism and quality of sound was dumbfounding, considering the time period, and, although the owner was not sure of its origins or how old it was exactly, they hoped it would stay around for others to enjoy.

“I won’t be able to hold onto it for much longer, so I hope it will stay in the family.”