Vintage Decorative Cupid Piano Music Musical Box Sankyo Japan “the Blue Danube”
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Vintage Decorative Cupid Piano Music Musical Box Sankyo Japan “the Blue Danube”:
Vintage Decorative Cupid Piano Music Musical Box Sankyo Japan “The Blue Danube”
Gift quality small vintage music box that has a compartment for trinkets, baubles – your treasured items!
About this box:
- Windup music box made by Sankyo (signature “S” on the winder) during the 1950-1970 manufacturing time period
- “Made In Japan” cast into the underside and stamped on the inner musical parts
- 3-legged grand piano design, with the winged Cupid (with bow & arrow) depicted within a Valentine heart surrounded by flowers
- Plays “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss
- Approximate dimensions: 4-1/2”(11.5cm) long x 3-1/4”(8.3cm) wide x 2-3/8”(6cm)
- Inner sections/compartment is about 1-1/2” square, lined with red felt
- Plastic window displays the inner workings of the music box
- Single metal hinge, all metal construction
About Sankyo (from Wikipedia) -
Sankyo Seiki in Japan started up in the aftermath of World War II, using the latest in automation. Modern production methods resulted in reasonable prices, producing company growth. Sankyo started with small movements, introduced 50-note movements by the late 1970s, and in 2006 is producing disc boxes playing discs as large as 16" (with two 80-note combs and reminiscent of the "Mira") and are also working on a dual-cylinder 100-note movement. Sankyo now offers a wide variety of music boxes in Japan, and supplies movements to many other manufacturers and distributors. Some of these sell them retail (even online) to hobbyists for as low as 3 euros each. Sankyo Seiki bills itself as the biggest manufacturer of music boxes in the world, and advertises that it controls 50% of the market. Recently, it has started selling licenses for its musical-box tunes to cellular phone companies, for use as ring tones. The company is an industrial concern which also makes magnetic and hologram card readers, appliance components, industrial robots and miniature motors of all kinds.
About the music –
The Blue Danube is the common English title of An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (German for By the Beautiful Blue Danube), a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866. Originally performed 15 February 1867 at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein (Vienna Men's Choral Association), it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was only a mild success however and Strauss is reputed to have said "The devil take the waltz, my only regret is for the coda—I wish that had been a success!"
“In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown drawing his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day….”