The Welte roll-playing orchestrions are often considered the most desirable of the type, offering a far wider and more convenient choice of music than the older, barrel-operated orchestrions. This example was formerly at Callart House in Inverness-shire; the house was inherited jointly by the two younger sisters of Lady Fairfax-Lucy of Charlecote (Warwickshire); the family name was changed to Cameron-Lucy in 1898, and in 1902 the middle sister, Constance Linda, married Major-General Sir John Secker. The Seckers and the youngest sister, Joyce Alianore, who never married, lived at Callart until the latter's death in 1948, after which the house and its contents were sold. The house has remained uninhabited ever since, and the orchestrion accordingly shows all the signs of fifty years of neglect, with surface rust showing on bright parts of the mechanism and woodworm attack in parts of the case. The pipes appear to be in excellent condition.
It is unclear exactly when the sisters inherited the house, but extensive additions were built around 1900, including the billiards room in which the orchestrion was housed, and the 1902 marriage could well have occasioned these works and the acquisition of the orchestrion.