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Catalog Number 1997.24.31
Object Name Harmonica
Dimensions H-3.75 W-4 D-2.75 inches
Date Pat'd 11-3-1925
Notes "Rolmonica" player harmonica. Two handles on side for winding music rolls through; mouthpiece through which player blows is on the face of the instrument; and the harmonica is mounted between two cylindrical slots on the other side.

A rolmonica, much the same idea as a player piano. The difference being you blow a harmonica to produce sound. An unknown titled roll is in the instrument. Paper rolls are what determine the tune (like player piano). On the back side is a mouth piece that you blow into; on the side are two metal and wood wind handles. One handle says "to play" and the top handle says "reroll" with spring to hold the handle taut. The rolmonica has two metal hinges for opening and a metal clip that has "Made in USA" etched on it to clamp the instrument shut. A pin is missing from the clamp so it now comes completely off.

LABELS OR MARKS; "Genuine Bakelite" (inside instrument). Harmonica says "Made in Germany". PATD 11-3-25 OTHER PATENTS PENDING
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