About Traditional Music Boxes Music Boxes
Although the specific inventor is unknown, the earliest music boxes could be traced back to Switzerland somewhere in mid to late 1700’s. The mechanical movement, or the heart and soul of the music box is comprised of only a few pieces. A rotating cylinder with raised pins, a comb with prongs, and a winding key or turn handle. An internal spring is used to store the energy when the music box is activated. In order for the music box to work, one must first wind the turn handle. This causes the cylinder within the box to rotate and brush against the fined toned metal prongs. The melody played is found in the sequence of raised pins on the cylinder resembling that of fingers playing the individual keys on a piano.