Plays "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"Early 1900's Ornate Baseball Themed Music Box. All those years of collecting, and what have you ever done for your ears? Here's a chance to show those neglected sensory organs that you appreciate all the years of faithful service, and to add the perfect soundtrack to your trophy room. Presented is one of the most elegant relics we've placed upon the hobby's auction block, a masterfully crafted music box that launches into the unofficial anthem of our National Pastime with a few turns of the winding mechanism.
Ironically, the co-authors of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, had apparently never spoken those words in earnest prior to their 1908 composition, as neither had ever attended a game. Nonetheless, the song quickly latched hold of the American consciousness, and remains to this day one of the most widely recognized tunes in popular culture.
It is reproduced charmingly here, the mechanism cleverly linked to gravity so that the box can be wound and the lid closed so that the music will only start when the lid is opened. The gorgeous aesthetics make this a feast for the visual sense as well, with the ball, the crossed bats and the quadrangle base all ornately engraved with floral imagery. The relic survives in remarkably fine condition without any of the scratching or denting one might expect from a century-old survivor, presenting effectively unchanged from its date of production. Dimensions are approximately 8x10x6" when the lid is closed.
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