Auguste Paillard-Cuendet,
assembler in the 1870s – 1881,
own music box factory 1883 – his death in 1995

In the first quarter of the nineteenth century, the prosperous music box years encouraged many workers to look for employment in this particular sector. Thus it was for Auguste Paillard-Cuendet in Sainte-Croix, who assembled movements in his comptoir in the 1870s, before running into problems which led to a provisional suspension of activity in 1881.

Two years later, however, Auguste Paillard registered a private company (as music box factory), which spanned the glorious cylinder box years, only to disappear in 1895 upon the death of its owner. (Piguet 2004, S. 285)