Mechanical Music Through the Ages

A collection of Mechanical Music and Arcade Machines – highlighting examples of the development in mechanical entertainment over time.

Reuge Composer Series Music Boxes 1954 – 1957 – (Switzerland)

The Company ANRI Toriart of Italy, famous for its wooden and composite carvings of collector statuary, developed a series of 3″ and 6″ carvings of 12 composers ;-Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven,  Bach, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Chopin, Wagner, Verdi, Handel and Haydn and teamed up with Swiss music box maker Reuge who built the internal music box cylinders and actuators on the bottom of the carvings with key wind spring motors. The names of each composer is engraved on each carving and the music played is a major piece from each composer’s work.