Mechanical Music Through the Ages

A collection of Mechanical Music and Arcade Machines – highlighting examples of the development in mechanical entertainment over time.

“English” Organette 1883 – (UK)

The “English” organette was designed and patented by J.M. Draper in 1878. It contained 14 notes and music was provided on punched paper and sold by the foot. The “English” organette is distinguished from its sister version -the “Victoria” – by the adaptation of a stop knob on the top which is marked “Expression”, which basically enabled the instrument to be loud until you held the stop down. Draper’s were prolific makers of organettes in England at the time and made a considerable fortune out of their endeavours.