A music box is a automatic, often wind-up musical instrument that produces tones by a set of pins placed on a slowly turning disc or cylinder so as to strike the teeth of a steel comb.

They were developed from 18th century musical snuff boxes and used to be called: carillons à musique.

Some of the more complex boxes also have a tiny drum and small bells, in addition to the metal tuned comb. Alec Templeton, a Welsh composer, pianist and collector of musical boxes, once said that tones of a musical box is unlike that of any other instrument. He said it is best described as somewhere between the character of a mbira.

Music Box value and price guide

What's your 'Music Box' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Australia):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Flajou Singing Bird Box Automaton Watch 06/2019 AU $13 460.58
German Karl Griesbaum Singing Bird Box 07/2019 AU $8 160.08
Swiss Cylinder 2 Dancers 3 Bells 3 04/2019 AU $2 589.94
French Bontems Singing Bird Cage Bird 07/2019 AU $2 483.50
German Karl Griesbaum Singing Bird Cage 06/2019 AU $2 341.59
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Jamie - June 16, 2018

I have a yellow pooh bear music box I cannot find any information on it its a huge yellow box with a handle for children its like a busy box but it only has pictures that move.