Music Boxes

The History of Music Boxes and Dolls

The beauty of a doll is magic and the transformation of a human like figure with the introduction of music has a powerful emotional appeal. It stirs the imagination and creates a world of illusions as well as appealing to the senses., allowing us for a brief time, to be transported to a world of make believe, creating a totally magical experience.

 

Music and dolls: two of the most beloved and magical forms of entertainment for many centuries. In 1796 a watchmaker from Geneva Switzerland invented the musical movement and for the first time people could listen to mechanically reproduced music in their own homes. For centuries dolls have been constructed out of every suitable material you can imagines, but from earliest times wood has been a favourite. 

 

North America's first manufactured doll was made by Joel Ellis of Springfield, Vermont. Ellis incorporated jointed limbs which were patented and in fact became the first doll related patent for a doll manufactued in the United States.

Xenis Doll Body with Music Box

Xenis Doll Body with Music Box
Xenis Doll Body with Music Box