#137 - Regina Corona Style 36
circa 1900s, 5 cent play, designed for use in commercial locations, Built very strong to withstand use in public places with heavy black cast iron legs.
(Flat Front Oak)
15 1/2" Discs Music Box
with Gum Vendor
This specific music box was pictured and featured in the November/December 2012 issue of the Journal of the Music Box Society International. The cover story was entitled "The Regina Musical Salesman".
Customers placed a nickel on the right side slot and played the twelve discs that are placed in sequence or selected a particular tune by using the rotary index nob on the right side.
According to the Ency of Automatic Musical Instruments by Q David Bowers, "the Stype 36 were scapped after their commercial usefulness, hence proportionally fewer Style 36s survive today than do the Style 35 music boxes that were made for home use."
It contains twelve 15 1/2 inch discs and a double comb. It has an oak cabinet. It dispenses a stick of gum with each play. Its dimensions are: 23" wide, 70" high, 21" deep.
Its serial number is 50852 According to the MBSI Regina factory records, it was sold in 1902 to Mandeville & Pender Billard & Pool Hall, located at 178 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport CT.
See: Close-Up Photo
Only two or three examples of Style 36 are known to exist
Excellent Restored condition. This music box was purchased from MBSI member Allan Pall who specialized in restoring Regina coin operated music boxes.
The crank and historical information about who originally ordered it is located in the coin box
Comes with 12 discs inside the music box and 16 additional discs.