1928 Antique Toy "Hawaiian Zither" The toy Hawaiian Zither is lithoed tin and dates the the 1920's. Marked with a serial number, and pattened Apr. 21, 1928. There is no makers name found on it. It is 20" long and 5" across the one end and 2" across the other. Its missing strings (only has two steel one on it now) [click for details]
1860 American (New York) Barrel piano at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York - From the curators' comments: "When the crank is turned, pins on a rotating cylinder engage hammers that strike the strings, playing any of ten tunes, including "Yankee Doodle." At the same time, a bell rings and the articulated figures move in time to the music. One figure deposits coins in a trough. Shown with front string cover panel removed."