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This vintage musical box mechanism with a 19 note comb movement made by Reuge in Switzerland. The music has a vintage tone (slightly honky tonk sounding due to its age) and uses a Johann Strauss sounding melody, the name of which sadly I am unsure.

This stunning piece of engineering comes complete with winding key & wire brake fitted - and would have once most probably featured in a large jewellery box.

Approx Size : 51mm x 43mm x 33mm (including turning key)
(2" x 1.7" x 1.3"). Wire brake which is approx. 40mm in length (1.6") and protrudes from the end of the movement.

On first playing, the movement occasionally stopped and therefore may need some TLC by the right person. Since then, I have played this numerous times and it has played no problem. Please be careful not to overwind this item.

Please remember this movement is very old (probably 70+ years) and so is not the same as the modern reproductions that you can find in modern stores. This is a historical piece, and whilst working, has the timbre associated with a piece this age (you can hear the cogs in motion as well as the music).

This would make the perfect present for that musician, wood turner or engineer in your life and could be used within a modern box or used simply as a unique desk accessory (and occasional musical toy!)

Own a truly gorgeous piece of

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Reuge Antique Music Box Movement


  • Materials: mechanical movement, screws, springs, music, comb, magic, wire, brass cylinder, cogs, pins and teeth, engineering, history
  • Feedback: 27 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom