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 (Canada):
|Singing Bird Automaton Karl Griesbaum||03/2019||C $ 9 491,64|
|Reuge Lapis Lazuli Singing Bird Box||06/2019||C $ 5 681,61|
|Disc||05/2019||C $ 5 347,40|
|Rare Swiss Singing Bird Box Gold Plated||04/2019||C $ 4 932,98|
|Swiss Cylinder 2 Dancers 3 Bells 3||04/2019||C $ 2 439,75|
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