Dating thorens music boxes

Thorens semi-automatic single claw model patented in 1920 became a greatest success of this manufacturer, Thorens produced the lighters with this mechanism for decades, it is one of the very few lighters having the flint wheel axis fixed from one side only and asymmetric lid give to this lighter it’s unique visage.

Later made double claw model was more dependable but the original look was lost.

During 1913-1964 period 5 millions mostly petrol lighters was made.

They are sought for by the collectors for their unusual design, clever mechanism, high quality of materials and work.

Almost without exception, everybody who visits my shop in Rye, smiles when they hear a musical box play. Maybe the mood or feeling of an earlier era is recreated.

Photo This page collects and displays vintage Thorens turntable sales brochures.

Every REUGE piece combines an aesthetically pleasing design with a Swiss precision movement, be it musical, timepiece or a mechanical singing bird.

Swiss maker of phonographs, music boxes and also cigarette lighters, company founded by Hermann Thorens in St. Thorens lighters were produced from 1913 to 1964, high quality phonographs are still being produced by the company.

It plays 4 airs as indicated on the original tune sheet, The case has been veneered with Brazilian Rosewood (Boxwood stringing). There are two broad categories of musical box, cylinder or disc. The musical information, or code, necessary for the production of the music is provided by either a pinned cylinder, the pins on the rotating cylinder pluck the teeth on a tuned steel comb.

Alternatively, an interchangeable flat disc, whose projections rotate star shaped wheels and pluck the teeth of a tuned steel comb.

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