Both antique collectors and hobby collectors include music boxes in their list of collectible items. There are people that collect only music boxes as a hobby. This exciting hobby can be traced back to 1796 when a Swiss watch maker added a musical mechanism to a small box. There are many different types of musical boxes such as Ballerina boxes, Trinket boxes, jewelry boxes, carousel boxes etc. Though there are many types available, most of them operate on the same principle.
There are many options available to collectors. They can either choose to have a general collection or collect based on the categories. This is an ideal hobby for all age groups. If you start this hobby very early in age, you can grow your collection over a period of time. When your collection grows big, you can even think of having an exclusive exhibition out of your collection.
If you want to start a collection, you should always keep your eyes open for the best place to find collectible items. You can never know who can become your source and from where you can get your collectible music boxes. Finding reliable and honest sources to buy from is the most important aspect of your adding to your collection. Of course, you will have more than one source to purchase from. At times, you may add the same type of music box to your collection but you can use it at a later stage to exchange it for a different type of box from the other collectors. Like all antique collectors and hobby collectors never say no to good music boxes that will add value to your collection.
When you add to your collection make sure that you are buying at the right price. Some of the sellers will increase the value of the music boxes to a level that does not really match the piece that you are considering. You need to be all the more careful when you are new to this. Over a period of time you will be able to assess the value of the boxes and judge whether they are worth what they are being quoted. If you find a reliable store to buy your music boxes, then you do not have to be paranoid about such price issues.
When you are trying to get your music boxes, try to acquire the tune sheet as well. This will enhance the value of your music box. If you are lucky, you will get the original tune sheets. Antique music boxes with original tune sheets are highly valuable.
If you are a serious collector of musical boxes, try to acquire as much knowledge as possible about the history of musical boxes, different types that are available and recognizing antique music boxes. This is a great hobby that is a lot fun and will bring years of joy to the collector.