"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song by Jack
Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer which became the unofficial anthem of
Major League Baseball, even though neither of its authors had attended a
game prior to writing the song. This lot features an extremely rare
early 1900’s ornate silver baseball figural music box that plays the
song (minus the lyrics) upon opening the large attached silver baseball.
Finely decorated with a floral design on its base, which includes one
corner that appears to almost represent home plate, the silver baseball
and crisscrossing bats are specially decorated as well with a unique mod
motif that includes the engraved stitches on the baseball itself and a
clasp on the rear of the baseball that allows it to open in order to play. The oversized baseball includes finely designed stitching to simulate a baseball as well as a unique repeating pattern of dots. The unique piece of
musical sports memorabilia weighs four pounds. These antiques rarely surface in the hobby and have fetched $15,000 plus at auction.