Monday, June 10, 2013

Tiny, Working Music Box for a Dollhouse

Every so often in life, one sees something that is so amazing, the memory of it will never really go away.

The 2013 Dollhouse Miniatures Festival in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, that I attended at the beginning of June featured more than 75 miniatures dealers, many of whom were talented artists themselves.

Two of these were Bill  and Barbara Studebaker of Rockland, Maine. 

They were a dynamite duo, creating miniature items that would stop you in your tracks.

 One of the items they carried that took my breath away was a tiny music box for a dollhouse.

Turn the handle and guess what?  It really worked.

 That's Bill, shown above, holding one of his exquisite music boxes!

Their booth at the Sturbridge Festival was amazing.

Their website is:

He played a music box for me at the festival and I just stood there, transfixed.  Talk about enchanting!

Bill told me it takes about a week to make one tiny box.  It has working antique Swiss movement. 

 He's a master at his art and so is his wife.

He does restorations and commissions, too.

If you are interested, check out the Studebakers' website and get ready to sigh in pure delight.



Leslie said...

These are adorable! We have two.. although they are not from this company. Thanks for sharing.


La Tea Dah said...

Wow! How amazing! Such a work of art and to have it play music as well is awesome!

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I really like music boxes. They remind me of my childhood. I keep a box - jewelry box with music. Keep in touch

Jemma said...

You have given me exposure to miniature homes and such. I would have never imagined all of these intriguing furnishings and talent.
So, so very interesting.

Karen Lange said...

I did not know they were available - talk about clever and incredibly cute! :) Will you be getting one any time soon? Keep us posted if you do!

Have a great week,

ImSoVintage said...

Those are just amazing. I am always so impressed when I see something like this. Would love to see one in person. xo Laura

Nellie said...

Such teeny tiny things to create! I don't know how they have the patience. I would be all thumbs.

Chatty Crone said...

Now that blows we me out the water. How in the world can he do that? Amazing Susan. sandie

Linda O'Connell said...

Some people have unbelievable talent. That is amazing.

Victorian1885 said...

How sweet are they?? Thanks for sharing this with us. Take care.


Felicity W said...

Have been wanting a nice music box but found none.
I dont know which country makes the wonderful music box, maybe Austria?

Lady Linda said...

Hard to imagine! I remember a tiny working TV at Knotts Berry Farm in CA when I was about 6. I have never forgotten it. This is fantastic!!!

Dee said...

A talented

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