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 (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Flajou Singing Bird Box Automaton Watch 06/2019 $9 485.00
German Karl Griesbaum Singing Bird Box 07/2019 $5 750.00
Reuge Lapis Lazuli Singing Bird Box 06/2019 $4 250.00
Swiss Enamel Singing Bird Automaton 07/2019 $3 999.00
Disc 05/2019 $4 000.00
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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.