Ive looked high and low and have found no other example of this style/format. And then there is this beautiful example of Swiss mechanism paired with Italian leather box making. The styling of this item screams 1950s.
The mechanism appears to work perfectly. The couple dances quite lively, with legs swinging. But not continuously; the dance speeds and slows and the couple lifts and drops in cycles. The dancers do seem to have each lost a hand, perhaps for stealing so many hearts?
Check out the video to see and hear. The wood holding the anodized aluminum rings that receive the cigarettes has cracked. Likely the wood has been trying to shrink these past decades while the aluminum rings have been unwilling. The wind spring feels solid and releases without assistance.The box is beautifully shaped. The lid operates perfectly and settles flat on the base without help. The leather appears to be in very good condition for all the years that have passed since manufacture. There is the usual set of scuffs and nicks across the surface, and finger nail gouging underneath at the wind mechanism. Perhaps the worst flaw was the most avoidable...
The imperfection on the box top left behind by a a second had store price tag. Pricing this item is difficult with so few examples (zero actually) to guide. You are welcome to make an offer, but expect less flexibility in price soon after posting, and more as time goes by.The item "VINTAGE REUGE DANCING COUPLE BALLERINA MUSIC CIGARETTE BOX Italian Leather" is in sale since Saturday, September 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\1940-1970". The seller is "grassley" and is located in Seattle, Washington. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Saint lucia, Egypt, Oman, Uruguay.