Reuge Sainte Crouch Switz Wood Music Box 45001 Ch4/50 Works! Word of the fame of the village of Sainte-Croix as the epicentre of the nascent music box industry reached Charles Reuge. Fascinated, he promptly decided to move there and establish his first musical pocket-watch shop. A true pioneer, Reuge soon started developing cutting-edge mechanical pieces by incorporating a musical cylinder and a miniature comb into a watch movement. These watches were just the beginning.The Reuge family's days of distinction were far from over. In 1870, a German inventor created the disc music box, which allowed for the tune to be changed more easily and frequently. In 1877 the phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison. Enthused with the same passion and love for mechanical music pieces as his father, Albert Reuge opened a music box workshop in Sainte-Croix. He rapidly converted the family's workshop into a small factory, producing cutting-edge music pieces. At the forefront of the mechanical music industry, Reuge's musical movements took over even the most unlikely objects, such as powder compacts and cigarette lighters. The last quarter of the 19th century experienced an unprecedented boom in mechanical music, aided by the coming of the railway to Sainte-Croix.
Many Sainte-Croix brands exhibited at the Paris (1867), Philadelphia (1876) and Antwerp (1885) Universal Exhibitions. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Music Boxes". The seller is "americancollectibles4me" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.