Music Box Collection | Rich, distinctive sounds filled homes and delighted listeners

It was the end of the 18th century when tuned steel teeth, the vocal chords of all music boxes, were built into a musical watch. Soon thereafter, objets de vertu containing more elaborate miniature musical movements were made for royalty and the very rich.

By the 1820s, a Swiss cottage industry was producing spring-wound musical movements playing multiple songs on precision-pinned brass cylinders. These were installed in snuff boxes and clock bases, as well as plain fruitwood boxes.