A music box is a automatic, often wind-up musical instrument that produces tones by a set of pins placed on a slowly turning disc or cylinder so as to strike the teeth of a steel comb.
They were developed from 18th century musical snuff boxes and used to be called: carillons à musique.
Some of the more complex boxes also have a tiny drum and small bells, in addition to the metal tuned comb. Alec Templeton, a Welsh composer, pianist and collector of musical boxes, once said that tones of a musical box is unlike that of any other instrument. He said it is best described as somewhere between the character of a mbira.
What's your 'Music Box' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK).
|Flajoulot Singing Bird Box Automaton||09/2019||£7 423.20|
|Reuge 15 Song Interchangeable Cylinder||09/2019||£6 257.09|
|Enamel Singing Bird Box Automaton||08/2019||£4 691.84|
|Reuge 10 Song Interchangeable Cylinder||09/2019||£2 073.96|
|Rare Reuge 5 Song Interchangeable||08/2019||£1 800.03|
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