Musical clock

Musical "flute clock" with organ manufactured by Matthias Naeschke

A musical clock is a clock that marks the hours of the day with a musical tune played from a spiked cylinder either on bells, organ pipes, bellows, combs and even dulcimer strings.[1]

One of the earliest known domestic musical clocks was constructed by Nicholas Vallin in 1598, and it currently resides in the British Museum in London.[2]

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  1. Laurie Penman (13 December 2013). The Clock Repairer's Handbook. Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated. pp. 313–. ISBN 978-1-62873-070-8. A clock that plays a melody at the hour is called a musical clock. Popular songs of the day often feature in musical clocks, and these may be used to date at least part of the mechanism.
  2. Clerizo, Michael (27 November 2013), "Keeping Time", The Wall Street Journal, retrieved 20 July 2016
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