Highlights From Our Collection February 2019

Mandoline Expressive Musical Box,

The music box case is rosewood, inlaid with veneer bands of other woods and a mysterious ornamental cartouche on its top.

The music box case is rosewood, inlaid with veneer bands of other woods and a mysterious ornamental cartouche on its top.

Mandoline Expressive Musical Box,

Model 7437 Paillard, Vaucher & Fils, St. Croix Switzerland, c 1880 w1957.12

This beautiful music box was the wedding gift of Englishman, Carl Taylor, to his bride, Mabel Tubman, a Wellfleet native. At 38, Mabel was living with her parents before her 1919 wedding to Carl, 44. Carl was an engineer who came to Cape Cod with Marconi to establish the Wireless Station in South Wellfleet in 1903.

Carl donated this music box to the Historical Society in 1957, shortly after Mabel’s passing.

With a single winding, its spring-powered clockwork mechanism can play thirty minutes of eight different musical selections as pins on its slowly revolving brass cylinder strike tuned steel teeth that vibrate musically.

In the early 20th Century, music boxes were displaced by Thomas Edison’s phonograph but in their day music boxes were highly coveted.

Museum expansion makes way for Wellfleet history

WELLFLEET — It’s easy to see history on Main Street until you get to the actual Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum.

Since 1951, the town has had one small historical museum attached to an ungainly hulk of a two-family home. Like the original museum structure, the two-family dates back to the early 1800s. But its face was masked by a one-story addition to the front, which most recently housed the art gallery of the late John Mulcahy.

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November sparks new energy at the Historical Society.

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WHSM board and community members witness the backhoe jaws devour and remove the crumbling front portion of the middle section of the museum. The portion that had been a painting studio for artist John Mulcahy for ages was taken down and removed. Mulcahy passed away 6 years ago this month, his paintings and personal energy are missed here in Wellfleet. The new open space and soon to be restored facade of the Historical Society remind us of days gone by.

The new open space and soon to be restored facade of the Historical Society remind us of days gone by.

The new open space and soon to be restored facade of the Historical Society remind us of days gone by.

Wellfleet Historical Society reno gets under way

Cape Codder, Posted Nov 2, 2018

WELLFLEET – A major reconstruction and renovation project is under way at the Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum, 266 West Main.

“This is long overdue,” Tom Jansen, member of the board of directors said when demolition of the front and back sections, both antiquated, of the society began Tuesday morning.

The project also will renovate some portions of the exterior and the interior of the building.

The museum is not part of the reconstruction and will stay intact. Jansen said the project will take one to two years.

“It will be well worth the wait,” he promised. …

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