RAHWAY— The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum Association will present a unique opportunity to hear the beautiful sounds produced by an authentic Regina Music box on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Guest speaker John Birch, a member of the Music Box Society International, will talk about the history of the Regina Music Box Company and the workings of this instrument. This presentation, which is part of the association’s continuing history lecture series, is at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. A $4 admission fee will benefit the museum’s restoration fund.
The Regina Company came to Rahway in 1893 and in the next twelve years would manufacture more than one hundred thousand boxes. The company handcrafted several dozen models ranging in price. When new they sold from $10 for the basic model up to $350 for the deluxe player. Today, these antiques sell from anywhere between a $1,000 and $20,000 dollars. The music box factory was once located on West Cherry Street, and during its heyday before the rise of radio, employed as many as 300 skilled craftsmen, most of who came from Europe.
The museum is located at St. Georges Avenue (Rt. 27) and Westfield Avenue in Rahway. For more information, visit www.merchantsanddrovers.org or call the museum at: 1-732-381-0441.
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