1) Salomon Campiche (before 1831 and later)

2) Lucien Campiche (1867)

3) Louis Campiche (1879–1890)

4) Louis Campiche and Louis Margot (Campiche & Margot, April–August 1884)

5) Jules Campiche (?–1934)

6) Campiche & A. Perrier (1889–1892)

7) Campiche (1892–?)

8) Emile-Gustave Campiche (1892–1908)

9) Ami Campiche (born 1846)

1) Salomon Campiche, music box maker until 1831 and perhaps even later

Salomon Campiche was town councillor when there was a lot of trade between master watchmakers from Sainte-Croix and elsewhere, when local établisseurs were organizing their first business operations. Obviously interested in music boxes, he became a music box facteur préparager (manufacturer) until 1831 and perhaps even later than that. In the directory of 1852, Salomon Campiche was no longer mentioned.

2) Lucien Campiche, établisseur, of La Sagne

Lucien Campiche, of La Sagne, was listed as établisseur. He was one of the exhibitors at the Exposition universelle of Paris in 1867, where he presented musical snuffboxes.

3) Louis Campiche, maker music boxes in L´Auberson 1879

“In the 1870s, Louis Campiche made music boxes in L´Auberson. In 1879, he donated to the hospital lottery a two-tune musical movement in a trellised box worth twelve francs.”

“During the period 1880 to 1890, [Louis] Campiche made a name for himself in the music box world by filing several patents fort he first mass-produced music boxes which promoted interchangeability and standardization of components.”

“In 1890, he invented a method to obtain isochronism (speed regulation independent of springmotor unrolling).”

He was then working for Mermod Frères who, on several occasions, delegated him to represent the music box workers at world exhibitions, e.g. in Paris in 1889.

Four years later, at the International Exhibition in Chicago, he received a diploma of honor for his cooperation as an inventor.


Campiche, Louis. Ste-Croix, Switzerland. Invented method of obtaining isochronism (speed regulation independent of motor spring winding), in music-box springs in 1890. Earlier (1885-6), took out patents for the first proper mass-production methods for musical boxes by devising [inventing] maximum interchangeable and standard components.
(Ord-Hume, Musical Boxes, p. 298)


4) Louis Campiche and Louis Margot
Campiche & Margot (April–August 1884)

“On 29th March 1884, Campiche went into partnership with Louis Margot, general agent from L´Auberson. They ‘were honored to inform the public that they have concluded a partnership for the manufacture and sales of music boxes with effect from 1st April 1884, under the trade name Campiche & Margot’”.

“The partnership only lasted four months, after which it was dissolved on 31st August 1884. Louis Margot-Reymond took over the business until 11th March 1896.”

5) Jules Campiche (?–1934)

Jules Campiche had two sons, Jules-Albert and Emile-Gustave Campiche.

6) Jules-Albert Campiche & A. Perrier
Campiche & A. Perrier 1889–1892

On 3rd September 1889, Jules-Albert went into partnership with Albert Perrier and together they created Campiche A. Perrier to manufacture small music boxes.

7) Jules-Albert Campiche (1892–?)

After the death of Perrier Jules-Albert continued on his own.

8) Emile-Gustave Campiche, of La Chaux, (1892–1908)

Emile Campiche started out on his own in La Chaux three years after his brother Jules, on 25th February 1892. He also produced music boxes, but gave up on 16th April 1908.

None of the two Campiche brothers participated in any exhibition, with the result that little is known of their products.

9) Ami Campiche (born 1846)

Ami Campiche was born on 14th April 1846 in La Chaux. Afters years abroad (teacher of French and calligraphy in Mainz, Germany), he returned to his native village in the early 1880s to become a music box manufacturer. In 1882 he changed his profession and became a politician. In 1895 the name Ami Campiche was removed from the Trade Register. It is not known if and how many music boxes Ami Campiche made.

(Compare Piguet, Faiseurs, (1996), p. 287-288, see Piguet, Music Box Makers, 2004, p. 207-208)