Japan started with music boxes during Occupation after WWII, first based on Swiss music mechanisms, but very soon with their own, starting with Sankyo Seiki (now Nidec Sankyo). This Japanese music box company started producing music boxes in the aftermath of World War II, and used the latest automation technology to mass produce affordable music boxes. From 1948, Sankyo has grown to become the biggest manufacturer of music boxes in the world and supplies music box hardware to other manufacturers and distributors. The firm now sells licenses for its music box tunes to cellular phone companies for use as ring tones.
The most common type is a rectangular wood black lacquered music box. However, you can also find Sankyo music boxes that look like little figurines such as Santas, frogs, angles, Raggedy Ann, clowns, and much more.
What's your Sankyo music boxes worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|WORKS Sankyo Orpheus 72 Note Magic Flute||09/2021||$ 787.85|
|72 Note Sankyo Orpheus Cylinder Music||09/2021||$ 508.99|
|ORPHEUS Music Box Die Forelle Swan Lake||09/2021||$ 251.66|
|ORPHEUS Sankyo Music Box Symphonie No 5||10/2021||$ 251.66|
|Sankyo Orpheus 50 Note Crystal Music||07/2021||$ 226.72|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||12/2021||-.--|