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A Victorian Swiss music box is estimated to sell for £2,000-3,000 in the Charterhouse 9th & 10th June two day collector’s auction,.

“Music boxes really were a luxury only the wealthy owned in the 19th century.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Whereas today, we have music streaming with companies such as Spotify, and can play music anywhere with smart phones.”

View music box video HERE

The Swiss music box is fitted in an inlaid walnut table cabinet. It plays 36 airs or tunes on 6 interchangeable cylinders, with the last song on the 6th cylinder rather appropriately being Auld Lang Syne.

The music box had been inherited by the owners some time ago. However, with an imminent house move they decided to let a new owner enjoy the tunes and contacted Charterhouse in Sherborne for help and advice.

Viewing and all the lots, which include coins, medals, stamps and other collector’s items in this 9th & 10th June auction at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, is available on

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for their Summer sales with specialist auctions of pictures, books & decorative arts in July, classic & vintage car also in July  and motorcycles in June

Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse can be contacted for advice and valuations on single items and collections at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email

The Swiss music box £2,000-3,000 in the Charterhouse 9th & 10th June collectors auction

Amanda Stuart, Office Manager at Charterhouse, tries the music box out for sound