Vintage Reuge Music Boxes

Published: September 1, 2021
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Reuge Music, located in the Swiss Mountains, produces stunning mechanical music boxes that charm and captivate all music lovers. Endowed with a rich history dating back to the 1860s, Reuge is an industry leader in both mechanical music and singing birds. Charles Reuge founded Reuge music boxes in 1865 in the small town of Sainte-Croix. He started by manufacturing small watches with tiny musical box movements. The business went just fine, so his older son, Albert opened the first Reuge workshop. He continued his father work and made musical movements. Incredible as it may seem, the Reuge factory can be found at the same address in Sainte-Croix Switzerland, making an astonishing range of movements, from simple ones to multi tune of up to 144 notes.

reuge music box 72 note

Vintage Reuge music boxes are valuable to collectors and new ones are desirable too, because of the name and fine detailing. These can be very expensive and cost thousands of dollars, even new. The cylinder type of music box remained popular until the late 1880s when the Germans developed the disc musical box.

Reuge music boxes are created in three collections: "1865", "Lounge" and "Studio", each with its own characteristics and styles. The"1865" collection is a classic line of great music boxes, horology and singing birds. Inlaid in the finest woods and precious metals they can be considered the best of the best.

Reuge states that "It takes three months to create a Reuge music box and that the mastery of thirty-four professions is needed to complete the various stages of production. Obviously, the unique expertise of each Reuge craftsman breathes life and soul into these musical boxes and singing birds so that you and your family will have and enjoy them for generations."

Nowadays, the Reuge music boxes cover a lot of items, such as wedding music boxes, jewelry music boxes, and simple music boxes. The materials that are used to make these exquisite items are very selective. Burr elm, walnut, rosewood and many other make these music boxes quite unique.

Popular Reuge music boxes include:

  • Musical Lipstick Carousel
  • music box edelweiss
  • dancing couple
  • birds
  • 72 note music box

The company is widely considered to be the world leader in the manufacture of traditionally made luxury music boxes, and their limited editions are known throughout the music box collectors' world.


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Vintage Reuge Music Boxes value and price guide

What's your Vintage Reuge music boxes worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Music boxes Reuge Music Box playing 3 Reuge Music Box Playing 3 Parts72 Note 08/2021 $ 3 808.68
Music boxes REUGE Sublime harmony 144 Note REUGE Sublime Harmony 144 Note Swiss 07/2021 $ 3 653.39
Music boxes Reuge Music Rare Lapis Lazuli Reuge Music Rare Lapis Lazuli Mechanical 08/2021 $ 2 929.75
Music boxes Swiss Reuge Cylinder Music Box Swiss Reuge Cylinder Music Box 144 Note 07/2021 $ 2 772.39
Music boxes New REUGE 72note Cavalleria New REUGE 72note Cavalleria Rusticana 09/2021 $ 2 811.39
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