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The wooden barrel has protruding pins that rotate as the crank is turned.

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Barrel Organ
about 1860

"Music al fresco"
This hand-cranked barrel organ was made by the Brooklyn, NY, firm of George Hicks. Programmed to play popular songs and dance tunes, barrel organs were equipped with loud-sounding wooden organ pipes to provide entertaining music outdoors. This particular instrument plays eight different tunes on 35 pipes, including "Yankee Doodle," "The Star Spangled Banner," and an "Irish National Air." Selection was made by a pointer on a dial.

Notes
25" high x 21 wide" x 13-3/4" deep
Web display only

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