Handcrafted with movement not unlike that of a fine swiss watch, the sound is incredible. Apparently this is a reproduction of coin operated music boxes that were in railway stations across Switzerland long ago and this box is also designed to be coin operated. (Although you can always press the mechanism manually). The box measures about 15" x 19" x 9 (38cm x 48cm x 23cm) and weighs about 10 lbs (4.5kg).
The following description is from the Reuge website. The Art of Mechanical Music. Since 1865 in Sainte-Croix Switzerland, Reuge has manufactured traditional music boxes in the Swiss mountains carefully composed mechanical music movements housed in an elegant boxes. The 72-note movement, entirely hand-assembled in its workshops with a conventional casing respecting the tradition of classical music, is the heart of the Reuge collection.
The cylinders perfection harks back to the golden age of mechanical music, evoking a time when craftsmen working by daylight pinned each cylinder by hand three tunes for the changing movement, fifteen for the interchangeable. The inexhaustible classical repertoire and Reuges tradition of fine craftsmanship were combined in one movement. A Reuge musical movement, the result of mechanical perfection and acoustic magic, is raised to the rank of a work of art as soon as it finds its place in its sumptuous case, a true resonance box. Noble in material, prestigious in execution, timeless in spirit Reuge boxes draw their strength from the unique skills of box-makers and the artistry of inlayers.
Thanks to long experience, the box-makers select the finest quality wood on the basis of odour, timbre and vibration. As is natures way, these woods, which are both beautiful and history laden, may not be flawless. They are meticulously inspected for flaws and blemishes prior to selection.
Reuge music boxes invite you on a journey of discovery to the distant lands that are the source of the many varieties of wood used. A Reuge music box takes about three months to produce (more for special designs and/or complicated movements), during which our craftsmen breathe life and soul into their creations in every step of the creative process. The mastery of many professional skills, some of which are highly specialised for the fabrication of musical boxes, is necessary to produce one of these fine creations.
Unique expertise is indeed the secret of mechanical music. The item "Reuge Music Box Railway Station Box w Dancer Rare Three 72 Notes Coin Operated" is in sale since Thursday, December 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes\1970-Now".
The seller is "castlerockemporium" and is located in Franklin, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States.