“With the advent and popularity of music boxes, a whole range of musical interpretations became available ranging from classical music by Mozart, Strauss and Beethoven to modern musical arrangements including jazz, country, show tunes and pop and rock. On a different not, religious hymns like Amazing Grace and regional songs such as the Blue Bells of Scotland are also available. In Ireland, many irish music boxes play the classic tune of When Irish Eyes are Smiling which was first published in 1912 as a tribute to Ireland. Another favorite tune suited for irish music boxes is the The Gypsy Rover ballad written around 1950.
Themes for Irish Music Boxes
The history of Ireland goes back a long way and many irish music boxes depict its history and heritage. To capture some of the luck of the Irish, you may find irish music boxes decorated with shamrocks or four leaf clovers. Throughout history, the Irish cross can be seen in paintings, artifacts and archeological ruins and this symbol can also be found on irish music boxes. Another well known them in Ireland is the claddaugh, which is the traditional design for wedding rings. The two hands depict friendship, the crown means loyalty and fidelity and the heart created by the two hands clasping represents love. This is a popular symbol and another theme used for irish music boxes. Music boxes can also have religious decorations such as an Irish blessing etched into a porcelain base or crystal glass lid or a crucifix inlay set atop a wood based music box.
Styles of Irish Music Boxes
Irish music boxes come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes that range from simplistic designs to more elaborate pieces and can be made from different types of material. Figurines or music boxes depicting the Irish cross can be created out of porcelain which allows for the addition of in-depth decorating motifs such as flowers, shamrocks and shillelaghs. These types of music boxes can also have inscriptions etched into the porcelain. Much like Japanese music boxes that are hand-painted and use lacquered wood and inlays for many of their music boxes, irish music boxes can also be crafted with inlays, painted by hand and use a variety of wood types. Musical water globes containing an Irish emblem as well as hinged music boxes that can be used for storage or that may have an Irish symbol standing inside when the lid is open, are also examples of the types of irish music boxes available.”