[He became known as] the "Inventor of the music box".
Sainte-Croix became the world capital of mechanical music..
The company's movements are also found mounted in a wide range of cases, ranging from simple, well-finished plain boxes to boxes with ornately decorated wooden inlay designs.
The disc music boxes were sold under the names Edelwiess and Helvetia.
Known for its modern cylinder movements, which are found in many popular collectors' items, such as wooden boxes with revolving tops.
The revolving portion often had wooden, hand-carved figures - e.g., Anri - and the base usually had a 28-note movement.
This individual wrote to Thorens about the machine in 1965 (when they seemed to still be interested in their history).
If this is true, Thorens was able to copy Victor's Orthophonic reproducer work extremely quickly as "Victor Day" (when the Orthophonic technology was released to the public) was November 2, 1925. The style is very consistent with many of the machines from Thoren's 1914 catalog (here In 2014 I picked up this 'ultra portable' I call the 'Cristallin' for the name on the reproducer (some sourced call this style a "cameraphone").
Courtesy of the City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society, I have copies of portions of three Thorens catalogs--1907, 1910 (although the machines seem more primitive than the 1907s) and 1914--they were bundled into one volume in 1967.
The company aims to manufacture and trade of mechanical and metal objects such as razors, lighters, watches, cutlery manufactured in Switzerland, as well as components and accessories, such qu'crins, cases, boxes, precious metals, etc. My turntable of choice during my bachelor years was a Thorens TD160. When I got into the older players I early on discovered an old wind-up portable Thorens (now I had more than one! Since then I have kept an eye out to try and 'document'--in artifacts--some Thorens history.
The clockmaker Antoine Favre-Salomon, a native of Geneva, invented a musical pock watch in 1796.
In 1911, the Swiss manufacturer Thorens exported clockwork motors for use in British-made disk players to the value of 75,000 [M1,875,000 or 5,000].
In comparison, the machine turnover of the British branch of the Gramophone Company was 108,242 [M2,706,050 or 1,210]. This machine is very much like the "Capital" model in the 1907 catalog here.