Outstanding original Regina Music Box, complete in mahogany finish, serial no. 36481 situated on a fine cabinet holding 50 extra discs. This Regina Style 11 Music Box has a double comb and uses 15-1/5' discs. It was distributed by C. ( Christopher Julius) Heppe & Sons, Philadelphia, as evidenced by the ivory tag inside the lid. Plays well, sounds very nice. Serial number 45113.Price Reduced to $20,000. NJ-11 (15) Regina 27' Disc Autochanger Very nice all original example of this very popular style and size Regina music box. The largest true music box that Regina made, with fine sound and the fascinating autochanger mechanism. Regina Music Box Company Description This music box was made by Regina Music Box Co. In Rahway, New Jersey, around 1897-1899. It is an Orchestral model.Copyright 2015 Lynn Bilton
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So you want to buy an antique Regina music box.
If I offered you a stock certificate for sale you'd probably want to know something about the company. Even if you didn't consult for Goldman Sachs,you'd probably inquire about the capitalization of the company, and the management team, and what sort of dividend it has been paying, and mostcertainly what the stock is trading for on the stock exchange. Unless your object in life is to be the financial doppelganger of a lamb led toslaughter, you wouldn't blindly buy thousands of shares.
And yet every week we seem to get a call from someone who has just spent thousands of dollars for a Regina or other antique music box, andhasn't a clue as to what he has purchased, and now discovers he needs expensive restoration and repairs.
This site can help. And though like your friendly stockbroker I have a vested interest in making some money from your purchase, just likeyour friendly stockbroker I try to offer you some good advice. I have been a dealer of Regina and other antique music boxes for over 30 years.
First, I recommend that you read our tutorial on purchasing an antique music box. In four shortpages you'll learn how to assess condition, estimate repairs, and otherwise impress and bedevil your spouse and children.
Then, please check out our listings of Regina and other disc music boxes for sale. If you don't seeexactly what you're looking for, feel free to contact me. I remain two credits short of my master's degree as a magician, but it's always possible I could make something appear, as I am acquainted with many dealers and collectors of Regina music boxes.
Regina isn't a synonym for music box, as in 'Do you have any Reginas for sale?'. There were brands large and small, foreign and domestic, all capable of producing a beautiful sound. In the United States, the domestic Big Three consisted of Regina, F.G. Ottto (Criterion, Olympia, Euphonion), and Imperial Symphonion, the local branch of the Germany Symphonion company. Regina, with its factory in Rahway, New Jersey, was certainly the best known of these companies, and the largest in the United States.
Regina was established in 1892 when Gustav Brachhausen, a founder of the Polyphon company, was sent to the United States to set up a factory. The earliest Reginas were little more than Polyphons disguised in domestic cases, but soon the boxes were equipped with combs and motors fabricated in Rahway. Sales were very strong from around 1895-1903, but changing tastes and the arrival of the talking machine as a competitor for musical entertainment conspired to end the era of the music box. Many music box competitors were out of business by around 1905, although Regina was still manufacturing a few machines as late as 1919.
The exquisite short bedplate machines, introduced around 1910, are considered the finest instruments Regina ever made and the pinacle of music box development. Around the time of the First Word War Regina shifted production toward a combination phonograph-music box dubbed the Reginaphone. A few very late Reginaphones were essentially Victrola knock-offs, with no music box components whatsoever. Regina later segued into the hand-pumped vacuum cleaner business.
Reginas were not trouble-prone machines, but like all music boxes they are susceptible to wear and oxidation of the bass leads, and it is necessary to thoroughly examine the combs, leads and dampers before purchase. ( If you find yourself saying 'What's that?', and don't understand what the leads and dampers do, kindly refer to our Beginner's Tutorial -- a few minutes of your time may save you thousands of dollars down the road.)
There are a few potential expensive repair issues specific to the Regina music box that I should now like to bring to your attention.
Dampers. Symptom: Your box squeaks. Or else some notes produce only a dull thump. Believe it or not, both these symptoms are caused by the same ailment -- damper disease. Regina, like most other manufacturers, employed laterally activated dampers. In Regina's case, the damper stalk was wedged against the side of the comb, and each damper had a tiny dimple pressed into it. As the star wheel moves towards the comb it rubs against the dimple, pushing the damper finger far enough away from the tooth for the note to ring true. Over the years the dimples wear and the dampers go out of adjustment. It's possible to regulate the dampers, but if your dimples are worn, Shirley Temple, your dampers won't work and the proper solution is to solder in a new damper, a process sometimes likened to do-it-yourself open heart surgery.
Star wheel gantry Sympton: You are examining a double comb machine. You rotate a star wheel. Instead of hearing both teeth ring simultaneously, you hear a PING-PING. This means that your combs are unhappy because they are out of sync, just like you don't function well on a day when you are out of sync. There are three screws under your bedplate that hold the star wheel gantry in place. The gantry contains soft solder. Over the years the screws loosen up and the gantry slides. You may, after a great deal of trial and error, be able to re-sync the gantry. Don't over torque the gantry set screws!
Motor Symptom: Motor doesn't work. I cover the usual inexpensive culprits such as the ruby in the antique music box tutorial. There are, however, a few expensive repairs that I've seen just enough of with the Regina music box to warn you about. Not a lot, but just enough.
The first is the possibility of a cracked spring barrel. You can usually get a good glimpse of the barrel by removing the slats adjacent your motorboard. If you are greeted by the ugly sight of your mainspring wedged against your sounding board you can look forward to the replacement of your barrel.
The second has to do with an intermediate style motor that was used on a small number of machines. I don't want to write an entire essay on Regina motors, and even if I did you wouldn't want to read it. I know this because I wouldn't want to read it either. So the best way I can describe this motor is to tell you that winds via a sort of large, internally geared, cast iron winding ring. This ring often cracks; you may sometimes find the pieces sitting in the bottom of the case. Nobody to my knowledge has this gear available, so unless your brother is a master welder and machinist you may be out of luck.
As I noted in the antique music box tutorial. almost all replacement parts for your Regina music box must be hand made. If your puchase requires combwork, consider the following. There are a lot of animals in the zoo. There are thousands of animal species not in the zoo. There may be thousands of species yet to be discovered. But there is no such animal as a new comb. Teeth must be individually replaced, a difficult and time-consuming task. That being said, a few more replacement parts may be available for Regina music boxes as opposed to competitor brands, and this may include items such as star wheels, dampers, dishing wheels, and lid pictures. Try Nancy Fratti for parts or Regina music box repair.
Although it's certainly possible to land a hundred year old Regina music box in original mint condition, many examples will require somedegree of restoration. A complete restoration, complete enough to overpower you with the beauty of your box, might include any or all of thefollowing: tightening of the gantry, replacement of bent star wheels, honing of the comb, retuning of the comb, replacement of broken or worndampers, regulation and adjustment of individual dampers, polishing and adjustment of the endless screw, replacement of worn idler anddishing wheels, and refinishing. This type of restoration may consume hundreds of hours of specialized labor, and will be reflected in the price. If yousee a box for sale on ebay or some other venue that is touted as 'completely restored' but seems inordinately inexpensive, it is because the seller'sidea of restoration differs from the musical box professional's, and that the box has probably been the victim of an amateur refinisher. Theanalogy would be hitting a hundred year old automobile with a can of spray paint.
Regina made a vast array of disc sizes and models. I have a complete listing of disc sizes below. Some of these discs have been reproduced by enterprising individuals over the years, and in a few cases brand new tunes have been cut. Will other brand discs swap with Regina? The following discs are interchangeable: 8 inch Regina and 8 inch Polyphon, 11 inch Regina and 11 inch Polyphon, 15.5 inch Regina and 15.5 inch Polyphon.
We also sometimes have extra original Regina music box metal disc records for sale. Please write or check our listings of music box parts and records.
Regina music box disc sizes
Twelve and quarter inch
Fifteen and a half inch
Twenty and and a half inch
Twenty seven inch.
A 32' disc was cut for a star wheel-activated piano, but this instrument is not technically a music box. Also, some discs around 12' in diameter were cut for the Regina chime clock, but this instrument again is technically a star wheel activated set of chimes, and not a music box.
I have pictures for you of a few of the Regina models, referred to as 'styles' in Regina literature, but what I have is not comprehensive. If you want an authoritative listing and history of the company the standard reference is The Encyclopedia of Automated Musical Instruments by Q. David Bowers. Published and researched over 30 years ago, this book is still referred to by collectors as The Bible.
Reginaphone, Style 150. 15.5 inch disc. Short bedplate, serpentine case, internal horn. Combination phonograph and Regina music box.
Early Polyphon Regina, single comb. 15.5 inch disc. Style 13. Sometimes referred to as Clockwork Regina.
Twelve and a quarter inch Regina music box. Style 72. Short bedplate, serpentine case.
Twenty and half inch Regina music box. Style 39. Short bedplate, cuppola lid.
Regina curve front automatic changer. Style 35. 15.5 inch discs. The 12 discs lifted themselves into place automatically and could play sequentially, in the nature of a jukebox.
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Regina gum vendor. Style 17a. Twelve and a quarter inch disc.
15.5 inch Regina music box. Style 11. Coin-operated.
Regina Music Box Serial Number Lookup Online
- 255. An Antique Regina Musical BoxAn antique255. An Antique Regina Musical BoxAn antique Regina musical box, measuring approx. 37-3/4'H x 30'W x 11-3/4'D. The upright disc Regina is contained in
- REGINA 'CORONA' UPRIGHT AUTOMATIC CHANGERREGINA 'CORONA' UPRIGHT AUTOMATIC CHANGER MUSIC BOX, American, ca 1899-1910. A Regina mahogany upright case music box with automatic changer. Case with
- MUSIC BOX - Regina Music Box Co. Rahway NJ,MUSIC BOX - Regina Music Box Co. Rahway NJ, oak cased table top, 11' disc music box., #41482, tag inside cover from Sherman Clay & Co. San Francisco. Lithograph
- REGINA DISC MUSIC BOX, The Regina Music BoxREGINA DISC MUSIC BOX, The Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, New Jersey, style 13, serial #69275, c. 1904-1906, playing 15-1/2' discs on single comb, table
- REGINA TABLE MODEL NO. 11 DUPLEX COMB DISCREGINA TABLE MODEL NO. 11 DUPLEX COMB DISC MUSIC BOX ON CABINET, Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, NJ, serial #53340, c. 1904. The rectangular, lift-top oak
- Regina Music Box on Stand and Discs RahwayRegina Music Box on Stand and Discs Rahway New Jersey ca 1886 a Regina Music Box Company disc-playing double-comb box in quarter-sawn oak with 40 discs
- 19th c. Regina music box w/ 16 music discs19th c. Regina music box w/ 16 music discs Regina mahogany music box, 19th century, having a hinged lid with a gadrooned dome top, opening to the double
- REGINA STYLE 35 AUTOMATIC DISC CHANGING MUSICREGINA STYLE 35 AUTOMATIC DISC CHANGING MUSIC BOX, Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, New Jersey, Home model, serial #51120, c. 1907. The mahogany cabinet on
- REGINA TABLE MODEL NO. 15 DUPLEX COMB DISCREGINA TABLE MODEL NO. 15 DUPLEX COMB DISC MUSIC BOX, Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, NJ, serial #36181, c. 1905. The rectangular, lift-top mahogany case
- REGINA TABLE MODEL 13 SINGLE COMB DISC MUSICREGINA TABLE MODEL 13 SINGLE COMB DISC MUSIC BOX, Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, NJ, c. 1902. The rectangular lift-top mahogany case houses a spring wound
- REGINA STYLE 34 AUTOMATIC DISC-CHANGING MUSICREGINA STYLE 34 AUTOMATIC DISC-CHANGING MUSIC BOX, Orchestral Corona, Regina Music Box Co., New York, serial #65611, c. 1908. The oak cased music box plays
- REGINA TABLE MODEL 13 SINGLE COMB DISC MUSICREGINA TABLE MODEL 13 SINGLE COMB DISC MUSIC BOX, Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, NJ, serial #49392, c. 1902. The rectangular lift-top mahogany case houses
- REGINA TABLE MODEL NO. 11 DUPLEX COMB DISCREGINA TABLE MODEL NO. 11 DUPLEX COMB DISC MUSIC BOX, Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, NJ, serial #24428, c. 1898. The rectangular, lift-top oak case houses
- Rare Regina Standing Music Box: American,Rare Regina Standing Music Box: American, late 19th century. A Regina Music Box Co. bowfront upright music box with mahogany case, carved crest with clock,
- TALL CLOCK W/ SETH THOMAS MVMNT & REGINATALL CLOCK W/ SETH THOMAS MVMNT & REGINA MUSIC BOX: A circa 1890 oak tall clock, old if not original finish, painted metal dial with gold Roman numerals,
- REGINAPHONE MUSIC BOX ON CABINET FLOOR STANDREGINAPHONE MUSIC BOX ON CABINET FLOOR STAND WITH DISCS, the Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, N.J., serial #1390126, c. 1900. The mahogany cased music box
- TABLE MODEL DISC MUSIC BOX, attributed toTABLE MODEL DISC MUSIC BOX, attributed to The Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, New Jersey, table model style 11, playing 15-1/2 discs on single comb, lift-top
- Regina Rookwood Finish Front 15 - 1/2' MusicRegina Rookwood Finish Front 15 - 1/2' Music Box. This is an extremely rare Regina music box and one of only a few dozen made. Double comb box. Has four
- REGINA DISC MUSIC BOX ON CABINET, The ReginaREGINA DISC MUSIC BOX ON CABINET, The Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, New Jersey, style 39, serial #3900337, c. 1905-1917, playing 20.75'D metal discs on
- Antique Regina Music Box, Regina single combAntique Regina Music Box, Regina single comb music box for 15.5' discs, early 20th c., serial # 22487 on bedplate, oak cabinet, rope molding, original
- REGINA CORONA STYLE 8A AUTOMATIC SELF-CHANGINGREGINA CORONA STYLE 8A AUTOMATIC SELF-CHANGING DISC MUSIC BOX, Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, N.J., serial #46253, c. 1899, having a twin-comb movement,
- FLOOR MODEL REGINA MUSIC BOX - Circa 1900FLOOR MODEL REGINA MUSIC BOX - Circa 1900 Regina 'Corona' Model 33 Floor Cabinet Music Box in Honduras Mahogany Case with a 12-disc automatic changer double
- REGINA MUSIC BOX WITH GUSTAV STICKLEY STANDREGINA MUSIC BOX WITH GUSTAV STICKLEY STAND AND DISCS, American, early 20th century. Regina musical disc player on stand, with double comb mechanism playing
- A rare Regina music box, plays 21' disc,A rare Regina music box, plays 21' disc, presented in original Regina-made mahogany desk with lift top and applied carvings, two functioning drawers, fitted
- OAK REGINA DOUBLE COMB MUSIC BOX WITH ORIGINALOAK REGINA DOUBLE COMB MUSIC BOX WITH ORIGINAL STAND, Regina musical disc player on stand with double comb mechanism playing 15.5' diameter metal discs,
- Oak Reginaphone 15 1/2-inch Disc MusicalOak Reginaphone 15 1/2-inch Disc Musical Box, Regina Music Box Company, New Jersey, c. 1910, serpentine-shaped cabinet with raised lid, matching quarter
- REGINA MUSIC BOX. New Jersey late 19thREGINA MUSIC BOX. New Jersey late 19th century. Double comb music box housed in an oak case. Includes twenty-four 15.5' discs. S/N 12754. 9.5'h. 21'w.
- - Regina Music Box Co., New York mahogany - Regina Music Box Co., New York mahogany cased music box (no discs). Case- 9”h.x14”w.x13”d. -
- 19th c. coin Rare late 19th century coin19th c. coin Rare late 19th century coin operated (one penny) single comb 15.5' disc music box by Regina Music Box Company of Rahway, NJ, with a mahogany
- AMERICAN VICTORIAN MAHOGANY-CASE FLOOR-MODELAMERICAN VICTORIAN MAHOGANY-CASE FLOOR-MODEL REGINA MUSIC BOX WITH 36 20 IN. DISCS 'Regina Sublima' model circa 188o. Balustraded pediment over large
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- REGINA MUSIC BOX ON STAND. Single comb inREGINA MUSIC BOX ON STAND. Single comb in a mahogany box. 14' h. 21 1/2' w. 18 3/4' d. Includes twenty 15 1/2' dia discs. On a one door mahogany stand.
- REGINA MUSIC BOX ON STAND. Double comb inREGINA MUSIC BOX ON STAND. Double comb in a mahogany box with original labels. 14' h. 21 1/4' w. 18 1/2' d. Includes twenty-two 15 1/2' dia. discs. On
- Double Comb Style 11 Regina Music Box. DescriptionDouble Comb Style 11 Regina Music Box. Description Serial number 37191. Coin-op, two plays for one cent. No missing teeth. Plays well. Mahogany cabinet
- Regina music box, serial number 75243, serpentineRegina music box, serial number 75243, serpentine case with stained birch or mahogany, double comb mechanism, case 13-1/2 x 22 x 20 in., with sixty-eight
- Regina music box, mahogany case, serial numberRegina music box, mahogany case, serial number 62730, latest patent date 1897, base with original paper label dated 1896, 'Style No. 29', with
- Regina music box, together with 8' discs.Regina music box, together with 8' discs.
- Regina music box, late 19th c., with oakRegina music box, late 19th c., with oak case, 11' h., 21' w.
- REGINA MUSIC BOX. Model # 64332 single combREGINA MUSIC BOX. Model # 64332 single comb celluoid plaques and maghogany case. 13' h. 21' w. 19 3/4' d. With thirty five discs. 15 1/2' dia.
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- REGINA MUSIC BOX. New Jersey late 19thREGINA MUSIC BOX. New Jersey late 19th century. Model #63286 double comb housed in a mahogany case resting on pad feet 9.5'h. 16.5'w.14.75'd. Includes
- 15 - 1/2' Style 11 Coin-Op Regina Music Box.15 - 1/2' Style 11 Coin-Op Regina Music Box. All original. Includes four discs. Two teeth are missing from rear comb. Condition (Very Good). Size 22
- Regina Music Box 1¢ Gum Vendor. DescriptionRegina Music Box 1¢ Gum Vendor. Description Model 1905. Working. Original condition. Delivers stick gum and features a 300 stick vending mechanism.
- An antique Regina music box, coin-operated,An antique Regina music box, coin-operated, in mahogany case, serial #26007, single comb, includes twelve 16' discs, working condition (no coin necessary
- 15 1/2 Regina music box with 21 discs, 1915 1/2 Regina music box with 21 discs, 19 1/2 square x 11 1/2 h
- REGINA MUSIC BOX; Walnut case, double comb,REGINA MUSIC BOX; Walnut case, double comb, ca. 1900; Sold with approx. sixty-one 12' discs; 11' x 16 1/2' x 15'Condition Report:
- Collection of fifty 12' Regina Music BoxCollection of fifty 12' Regina Music Box Discs.
- Set of 16 Regina music box 15.5 inch metalSet of 16 Regina music box 15.5 inch metal discs. Song titles: Washington Post March, Barcarole (William Tell), Blue Bell March Song, The High School Cadets,