Before iPads, compact discs and stereos, records and phonographs, people enjoyed music simply with music boxes or directly from musical instruments. A parlor wasn't complete without a piano or a Musical Box. TheMusicHouse.Com enjoys celebrating the evolution of music by offering a wide selection of musical antiques, a diverse and high-quality selection of vintage and antique music artifacts, including music boxes, automatons, figurines and ornaments. Browse below to see the antique music boxes and gifts we have for sale.
Musical antiques and their connection with the past makes collecting so very appealing, but they also provide cultural education and serve as a decorative pieces that exude character and charm. TheMusicHouse.Com strives to offer our customers one-of-a-kind and high-quality antique music boxes and vintage musical gifts crafted from top-quality materials including wood, crystal and alabaster. Some are hand carved and hand-tooled (engravings) that reveal your musical styles and aesthetics and become your perfect conversation piece. Others are past creations that delighted their original owners and now charm a new generation.
Browse our selection of musical antiques, including:
Our Vintage Collectibles include:
Vintage Anri Musical Pieces
Vintage ballerina music boxes
Vintage porcelain music boxes
Vintage Reuge Automaton music boxes
A century ago, more people owned music boxes than any type of musical instrument or apparatus. The musical mechanisms were often placed in jewelry boxes, windup trinkets, holiday novelties, clocks and watches. Musical boxes underwent several advances over time, and many are available in a variety of these styles.
Early music boxes were typically in lovely cabinets that could play up to five songs and featured songs composed by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Boccherini, Handel, Strauss and others of past fame. In 1796, a Swiss inventor made a music box breakthrough by replacing bells with pretuned metal strips and teeth that allowed the boxes to have a broader scale and better-quality sound. He then added a spring mechanism that acted as an on and off switch and devised interchangeable cylinders that offered a wider musical selection in one music Box.
From there, the boxes became more intricate and featured lever-spring winders for uninterrupted play. Later in the 19th century, they began featuring movable figurines (automatons). During the Great Depression, interest in music boxes waned; however, by the end of WWII, they were brought home from Europe and Japan as souvenirs and enjoyed a revived interest into the 1960s. Today They are still charming the children and grandchildren of that generation and are considered a fun-filled and interesting collector's item.
Since 1965, TheMusicHouse.Com has been the leading music expert in the industry, employing a team of specialists with a knowledge ranging from classical to folk to jazz to country music. In addition to our wide selection of vintage and antique music boxes, we also provide music box repair and restoration services, as well as custom music designs, apparel and gifts.
To Find help finding the best and most stunning musical vintage and antique collectibles that match your needs and aesthetics — or to help select a thoughtful and unique gift — call one of our music specialists today at 888-884-2533.