Friday, March 7, 2008

Show and Tell - Music Boxes

Show and Tell

Today is Show and Tell Friday at Kelli's Blog, There is no place like Home, click on the icon above and see all the fun!

Today I would like to share my two antique music boxes.

This one has a dull silver paint on it. It has a fancy little lid on it.
When you take the lid off it you see that the lid is actually a mirror.

It has a wind up key on the bottom and it still plays music. I do not recognize the song though.

I could not find too much information on these music boxes other than people think they were used as powder puffs and as jewelry boxes. The actual container part is kind of small though, I think, to hold powder. From what I learned on the internet they were made in the 30s, 40s and 50s. I think that servicemen often purchased them overseas to bring home to their wives or their mothers.

This is my other one, it is in my main downstairs powder room. It has a green/blue patina to it.

It plays music as well, but again, I do not recognize the tune.

I really like the cute little wooden feet on this one.

This is where I display it and below is where I display the silver one.

If any of you out there know any more information on these old music boxes, please let me know, I would love to learn more about them.

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music." Psalm 57:7

Blessings ~ Sharon


Rick Rack Attack said...

What pretty music boxes. What tune do they play?

I'm giving away a vintage apron. Come visit my show & tell at

TJ said...

Wow both of these are beautiful! I love the shot you captured with the mirror. Great photography.

Mica Garbarino said...

wow !! These are great !!! I love coming here and peeking into your collections.. you really have some neat things. Hope all is well. see ya soon. Mica

Bunny Chic Boutique said...

Your music boxes are so unique and beautiful. Wish I had some information about them for you.


Farrah said...

I have never seen music boxes like those. They are so neat! Thank you for sharing!

I'm having a blog giveaway! Hope you can stop by!

Jan Parrish said...

Very interesting. Are these family pieces or flea market finds? I love, love the little lamp in the last picture with the beaded fringe. Very nice.

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh Sharon, these are just so lovely! It would be very interesting to find out more about them. Hope you're having a wonderful week sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Sharon! You have the coolest stuff! These music boxes are wonderful. I'm gonna have to be on the lookout for these now. Thanks for sharing. Have a fantastic weekend! Oh yeah, Eric's baked beans look yummy, I think I have to make some this weekend...

Kristen said...

Those are so interesting! Isn't it fun to think who may have had them before! They are wonderful and you are one lucky lady to have them! :)

Sondra said...

Your music boxes are great! I have one too that I think was made for powder. I keep it on my vanity. It no longer plays music. I always wonder what song it played :( Maybe I will show it sometime.

Hootin' Anni said...

Yes...yes, my mom had one. And she used hers for body powder. It also came with a large pink powder puff. I remember it so well.

Great show n tell as usual Sharon.

Mine's posted, tho quite eclectic today. Hope you can find time to stop by if you haven't already.

Happy weekend.

Anonymous said...


Simply beautiful! I love music boxes. I have one from my childhood (not as old as those!):)

Have a wonderful Friday.


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Velvia said...

Hi Sharon!
The music boxes are beautiful, such treasures! Have a great weekend!
Love, Velvia

Linda said...

Hi Sharon, these music boxes are very pretty, treasures to keep your special treasures in. I wonder what tunes they play?
Have a beautiful day, Linda

jennifer said...

They are lovely! I wish that I could help you with info, but I don't know a thing about them. I love music boxes too! Jen

Penless Thoughts said...

What very lovely, old music boxes. How very special.

Brenda said...

Very pretty and your so cute in that mirror hehe.

Constance said...

Peek a boo! I see you! (In the bottom picture that is!) Those are really great! I like the way you have them displayed too with other antiques! Thanks for sharing!

Joyfull said...

I love music boxes but have never seen antique ones like that. They are beautiful! The way you display them is also very nice.

Dawn said...

What unique treasures.

Feathering My Nest said...

Oh they are both so pretty and interesting. It's so sweet to think of service men bringing them home to their mothers and wives. I love the way you've displayed them.

I've been out of town, so my blog has been quiet. I'm back however, and even have a show and tell.

I love you, Kathi

Jennie said...

How unusual. I've not seen anything like those in this country.

Barbara H. said...

I have never seen music boxes like that. Love the patina of both of them, the mirror of the one, and the cute feet of both.

Jewelgirl said...

These music boxes are real
treasures, the pattina on
them make them so beautiful.

Our Red House said...

I really like those music boxes. The mirror in the lid is really neat.


Mary said...


Your music boxes are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing them and I love the way you have them displayed. Great S&T. I enjoyed it.


Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

I have never seen anything like those but my goodness they are very pretty!


Our Back Porch said...

Love your music boxes. I have this one that my Mom gave me.

Mine has three wooden feet and a windup key on the bottom also. I don't know the name of the tune this one plays either but I love it. Thanks for sharing yours!

Tracie said...

Hi Sharon,
These are just lovely pieces. You are so fortunate to have them in your care.

When I see items like these, it makes me wonder who owned them before and what are the stories of the gracious people that owned these lovelies.

I really hope you find out information on these and somehow what the songs are they play and the meaning behind the songs. Sounds like a treasure hunt or beautiful jigsaw puzzle to me.

Beautiful post.
My Petite Maison

Sarah said...

They're so pretty Sharon.

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Hi Sharon,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog...I am honored.

Your music boxes are quite lovely.....such romantic collectibles!

The first photo looks like it could be a Lador music box, Lador makes Swiss movement. They are quite collectible. It looks like there is writing on the bottom....can you make it out? It's my understanding that there are two things to research in music boxes....the housing and the mechanical movement. Lador and Reuge are valued,long-time makers of mechanical movements for music boxes. You might research music boxes with those movements and see if anything looks similar.

Don't know if I helped or just confused you more.... Have fun researching.....they are lovely boxes that I'm certain date back at least to the 30s.

I love your page!



A Romantic Porch said...

So beautiful...I've never seen boxes like that. xoRAchel

Cookie said...

Oh Sharon, This is so pretty.
You made me remember one that my Mother had. Hers was much plainer and made of wood, but the basic design was the same. I am going to look for it!
This was a fun show and tell
ps...I enjoyed the photo of you and Kathi at lunch. You are so lucky to have each other.

nannykim said...

Yes, I have seen those before and the ones I have seen were used for powder. You should post a recording of them on your site--if you have a webcam you can do it--or well you could do it other ways too---Your boys could do it for you (since they did the you tube thing). I would like to hear them!

Kelli said...

Those are incredibly beautiful music boxes, Sharon! So many lovely details and I love how you have them displayed!

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