So this is how the story goes, I get a call one day from a lady who has a Christmas tree stand that needs repair and wonders if we can help. I assure her we can as we had just finished one a month or so a go. She then goes on to say that her father had taken it during World War II when they invaded Adolf Hitler retreat “The Eagles Nest”. Well now she had my imagination and I said that on our next trip out to the Mid-West we would stop by and pick it up.
So we meet this lady and she show us this banged upped Christmas tree stand that she said that was her fathers that he took from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest and she had other items that were most certainly from Hitler’s home (somewhere). So we can not confirm that this item is from the “Eagles Nest” but it does make a great story.
Her father carried the stand from Germany to America in his back pack and it certain shows as it is all dented up.
Ron started cleaning it before I could get a good picture of just how dirty it was but we were able to get some good shots so you can see all the work we had to do. The combs had a lot of damage to the leads and they needed a lot of cleaning to bring them back to a reasonable looking shape. With all this cleaning of the combs and leads we had to restore the tuning and since this is Dwight’s specialty he had no problem with that and they sound beautiful again.
As you can see in the pictures there is only one motor and two separate musical units. The one motor plays both instruments by moving a pinion gear from one unit to the other, and since it is all mounted on wood it is quite tricky to get them in perfect sync. Since we have worked on several of these we have some jigs to help us with this process and it is all working perfectly now. The cup that holds tree is not with the stand and we are not sure if it ever was.
I have spoken with the family and they are all excited to hear there father treasure once again, she was almost in tears over phone and it will be fun to see them again when we delivery it.
It is a wonderful gift that we have to give the world and we are forever grateful to all of customer who entrust us with their family treasures and for inviting us in to there lives, we are very blessed.
Porter Music Box Co April 26, 2013