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1940’s Fred Zimbalist Baseball Music Box Thorens Switzerland

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Winning Bid: $900.00

Winning Bid: $900.00

Auction ends: July 12, 2020 12:10 AM
Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

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Exquisitely crafted, this is a 1940’s silver-plated baseball music box, we believe was produced by the Fred Zimbalist Music Box Company and has the Thorens Switzerland Made technology.

The ornate design features a large “baseball” with a hinged lid, and two crossed “bats,” both of which sit upon a diamond-shaped base. The “baseball” opens up to reveal a music-box movement encased within the top half and a hollow bottom. When the exposed knob is wound, the box plays the tune Take Me Out to the Ball Game.

It must be noted that this is a rare, one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece. While the Fred Zimbalist Music Box company produced other similarly designed baseball music boxes during the 1940s and 1950s, no two were alike. All of the Zimbalist music boxes were constructed of brass and came with Thorens movements. Which this one does as well.

What makes them special and highly prized by collectors today is the workmanship on the silver plating, which normally featured intricate and unique floral patterns. The music box offered here is no exception. In addition to the standard “stitching” on the ball, it also displays baseball player motifs etched within each of its panels. The base and bats feature, unique, floral etchings. A blue-velvet padding lines the underside of the base.

Over the years, we have seen a handful of Zimbalist baseball music boxes offered at auction, but this is one of the first times it has been accurately described. Because no manufacturer’s markings are found on the music boxes, little was known about them, especially regarding their date of manufacture. (All of the other auction listings we have seen for these music boxes dated them to the early 1900s; the company was founded in the early 1940s). It is only recently that more information has come to light regarding their manufacturer and period of production.

It is still not known if these baseball music boxes were produced in limited quantities for retail sale, or were only specially made to order, but given the few examples we have seen, the latter seems more probable. The offered box (6.5 x 6.5 x 7 inches; weighs 4 pounds), which remains in working order, displays only minor surface wear and tarnishing, none of which detract in the least from its overall Near Mint appearance.

According to the market values we have seen, this particular style of music box holds great value. This is exquisite and represents one of the best display pieces of its type we’ve ever handled!

This is an exceptional baseball display piece and one that would be a welcome addition to any advanced baseball memorabilia or music box collection.

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Weight 10 lbs

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