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History of music boxes

Music box history by Gueissaz-Jaccard
     
     

Alix Gueissaz

      Philippe Gueissaz

André-Samuel Gueissaz

Alix Gueissaz of the music box history

      Philippe Gueissaz of the music box history

André-Samuel Gueissaz of the music box history

1817-1900

       1850-1921

1881-1973

André-Paul Gueissaz Pierre-André Gueissaz

André-Paul Gueissaz of the music box history

Pierre-André Gueissaz of the music box history

1920 until now 1953 until now
     
Alix Gueissaz    
     
In 1848, Switzerland, with its new constitution, becomes a federal nation. This modern concept is still in force today and guarantees the sovereignty of the cantons with the exception of Federal matters (foreign affairs, post, customs, currency, military organisation).

A new social, political and economic impulse is given.

That same year, in his workshop, in L'Auberson (Sainte-Croix), a dynamic and energetic character, Alix Gueissaz, began manufacturing music boxes. One of his sons, Jules-Louis, represented the family's firm in Teheran. In 1900, he delivered to the Shah of Persia a luxurious music box.

He had eight children amongst whom Jules-Louis and Philippe.
This music box carafe belongs to the music box history
   
Philippe Gueissaz  
   
Second son of Alix, Philippe actively assisted his father. They attended together the “Expositions Universelles de Paris” in 1878 and 1889 where they were awarded a medal. In 1883, during the first “Swiss National Exhibition” held in Zurich, they received a distinction which confirmed once again the exquisite workmanship of their products.

Philippe had five children : Auguste, Arthur, Rachel, André-Samuel and Félix.

Auguste and Félix settled down in Persia. Auguste was busy with his transport company and he represented Switzerland to the Shah. Félix founded an important business of walnut wood.

Arthur and Rachel left L'Auberson to live in Geneva.

Only André-Samuel remained to take over the family business.

   
André-Samuel Gueissaz  
   
He was the last representative of that epoch during when the craftsman not only had to run  his company but was also a farmer.

Orders were rare. The launch of the phonograph damaged the sales of the “cartels” (big music boxes). That is why, in 1925, with the support of his sister Rachel and her husband Paul Würster, André-Samuel decided to direct a wholesale trade for colonial foods in Geneva, and did so for about twenty years.

In 1938, some American customers appeared. A new impetus was given to the music box.

He had four children : Roger, Edgar, René and André-Paul.

this old Gueissaz music box belongs to the music box history
   
André-Paul Gueissaz  
   
His training in mechanics enabled him, from the age of 18, to implement modern procedures. To satisfy an increasingly important demand, this enterprising manufacturer, with his brothers’ help, enlarged the family factory. In 1959, his commercial and technical know-how allowed him to found, with his wife Suzanne, née Jaccard, the new company “Gueissaz-Jaccard”.

He has two children : Pierre-André and Anne-Claude.

   
Pierre-André Gueissaz  
   
Today, Alix's great-great-grandson devotes all his energy in improving a skill transmitted through five generations. This last direct heir to the 200 year old industry wishes to share his love of meticulous handcraft with a demanding clientele in search of a beautiful object. Old label of a Gueissaz music box
     

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