It’s a block of 6 stamps about musical boxes of the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries. A musical box is a musical instrument the musical organ of which consists of a group of steel blades. One of the tips of the blade is fermly fixed and the other one, left free, is made to move and vibrate mechanically. All the mechanical musical instruments are not necessarely musical boxes.
Used for sending: Green letters
Number of stamps per unit: 6
Maximum weight of the letter: 20g
Method of sticking: Gum
Permanent validity: No (After the first of january 2016, one will have to pay a little extra money to make it valid).
Validity zone: Valid for sending green letters inland France.
We know that LA JOUEUSE DE TYMPANON had been repaired and restored by Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin and the central stamp represents an automatum magician.