Hey there, time traveller!
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I received this music box from my aunt in England. I carried it on my lap on the airplane back to Winnipeg. It measures 19 inches by 10 inches by eight inches and it works fine. There is a date of 1870 on it. What would you estimate its value at?
Your music box has interchangeable wood cylinders that have small tiny pins that would roll across a comb to produce music. When wound up the cylinders would play different songs, usually classical music.
This style of music boxes were popular from the early 1800s through to the early 1900s. At that time, Gramophones became popular and replaced the music boxes. Your music box is made by the Nicole Frères company of Geneva, Switzerland. They produced some of the highest quality music boxes.
Yours appears in very good condition and the fact that it works fine is very important in determining value. In today's market it would sell for $1,000 to $1,500.
Mike Huen is an antique dealer and owner of Mike's General Store in Winnipeg. If you would like to have an item appraised, please include a photo with your question. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Free Press" in subject line, or write to Mike's Appraisals, 52 St. Anne's Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.