Musical clock

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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