Antique Collector - Antique Musical Boxes


A musical box is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. They were developed from musical snuff boxes of the 18th century and called carillons à musique. Some of the more complex boxes also have a tiny drum and small bells, in addition to the metal comb.
The musical boxes could have any size from that of a hat box to a large piece of furniture. Most of them were tabletop specimens though. They were usually powered by clockwork and originally produced by artisan watchmakers. For most of the 19th century, the bulk of musical box production was concentrated in Switzerland, building upon a strong watchmaking tradition. The first musical box factory was opened there in 1815 by Jérémie Recordon and Samuel Junod. There were also a few manufacturers in Bohemia and Germany. By the end of the 19th century, some of the European makers had opened factories in the United States.


Antique Music Boxes


Restoring Musical Boxes and Musical Clocks
Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume
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Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Mayfield Books (14 Feb 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0952327023
ISBN-13: 978-0952327028
Dimensions: 24.8 x 18 x 3.4 cm



The Musical Box
Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume
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Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd; New Ed edition (Mar 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0887407641
ISBN-13: 978-0887407642
Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.1 x 3.3 cm



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Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Arnoldsche,Germany (Jul 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3897901889
ISBN-13: 978-3897901889
Dimensions: 19.2 x 14.2 x 3.8 cm


Musical Automata Over Two Centuries: Johan Strauss Meets Elvis
by Werner Reiss
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Paperback: 280 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0930256220
ISBN-13: 978-0930256227
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm


Cylinder Musical Box Technology: Including Makers, Types, Dating, and Music H.A.V. Bulleid
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Penny-in-the-Slot Automata and the Working Model
by Darren A. Hesketh
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Here, at last, is the first comprehensive guide to those ingenious amusements which have delighted visitors to the seaside, fairground or exhibition for over a century. The book features many of the unusual coin-operated models and tableaux built to entertain the public from the 1860s to the 1970s. With over 200 colour illustrations, including many of the rarest surviving examples.



Automata: The Golden Age 1848-1914
by Christian Bailly
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Now reissued, this spectacular book, the first to be devoted entirely to the period of the automaton's apogee, is an essential addition to the library of the collector, the specialist, and all who are interested in automata. Little-known histories of the seven leading makers, from their foundation in the mid-century to the decline of production after the First World War.

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