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    Posted 2 months ago

    jscott0363
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    Hello Everyone!!
    Part of our Easter decorations are these early 1950's musical Easter eggs made by Mattel. They're numbered 513. One of the red ones still works, but I really can't place the tune. The rest of these no longer play music, but still look really great though. I've been told the tune was "Song of Sixpence" composed by Ted Duncan. These measure about 6 1/2" long, 4 1/2" wide and 3 1/2" deep.

    Thanks for stopping in for a look!!

    Scott

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    1. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 2 months ago
      Hey Chris Potter type cool
    2. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 2 months ago
      Sorry that was supposed to read
      Beatrice Potter type KooL
    3. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Adorable bunny images!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Thanks Vynil33!! They do have sort of a Beatrix Potter look.
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Jenni,
      Thanks very much!! Only one of these still plays music. I wish they all still worked.
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Vynil
      Jenni
      and
      hunterglee
      Thank you all very much for the loves, comments and for stopping by!!
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      fortapache
      and
      Mani
      Thank you both very much for the love and for stopping by!!!
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Adele
      Thomas
      BB2
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      Kevin
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    9. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      jscott0363, Very cool.

      Somebody else has one of the red ones, but also says theirs plays an unrecognizable melody:

      https://www.ebay.com/i/153402537861

      And here's somebody who has one with a different pattern on the tin shell, but the musical function still works, so they made a YouTube video demonstrating it:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOKxbYWQjLM

      *cough* Yeah, I dunno what tune that is, either. };-) However, I imagine the average 1950s toddler didn't care.

      Here are the patents:

      https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=02504666&IDKey=5DDBA44EED6D%0D%0A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fpatimg.htm

      https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=02630655&IDKey=68885F2B9461%0D%0A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fpatimg.htm

      As to the "Song of Sixpence," if it's the one I'm thinking about, it's very old, much older than Mr. Duncan.

      There's some interesting information about the evolution of the song "Sing a Song of Sixpence," and theories about the meaning behind it:

      https://allnurseryrhymes.com/sing-a-song-of-sixpence/

      *snip*

      "Sing a Song of Sixpence"? It's about King Henry VIII and his break from the Catholic Church.

      *snip*

      https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4933345

      *snip*

      The nursery rhyme ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ originated as a coded message used to recruit crew members for pirate ships.

      *snip*

      https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pirates-sing-song-sixpence/
    10. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Aha! Here's one that allegedly plays "London Bridge":

      https://www.ebay.com/i/264233540566
    11. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      And somebody else has a purple-ish one that they think played "Peter Cottontail":

      https://www.pinterest.com/pin/25121710396233676/
    12. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Huh. Another one with a third patent number:

      https://www.etsy.com/listing/684837795/vintage-1953-mattel-tin-litho-easter-egg

      https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=02649652&IDKey=C1F6EBE12F61&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fpatimg.htm

      I was hoping to find another one that still worked, and was demonstrated, but oh well.
    13. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      keramikos,
      Thank you SO VERY much for the incredibly wonderful information. Mine plays well, but as I mentioned, the tune is very unrecognizable. Thanks for all the awesome sleuthing!!
    14. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      jscott0363, You're welcome. I was mostly entertaining myself, but at least I managed to stay more or less on-topic. :-)

      I was hoping to find another demonstration video, but no joy.

      I did find one that's advertised as playing yet a another tune:

      *snip*

      Mattel Musical Tin Easter Egg 1954 Plays "The Farmer In The Dell"

      *snip*

      https://picclick.com/Mattel-Musical-Tin-Easter-Egg-1954-Plays-The-142531592075.html

      I wouldn't be too surprised if these Mattel Easter Egg toys had been installed with different tunes, but I am a bit surprised that it isn't listed on the metal shell. Perhaps it would have been on the original packaging?

      Either that, or everybody is making wild guesses as to what that little ditty heard in the YouTube video is.

      One more listing, and I think I'll quit (and this one I find a bit disingenuous):

      *snip*

      Vintage 1954 Mattel Musical Pink Egg. Tin wind up litho toy--WORKS Great.

      *snip*

      Red wood handle to windup the mechanism and turns great.

      *snip*

      https://picclick.com/1954-Mattel-Musical-Pink-Egg-Tin-wind-up-Litho-182525411799.html

      Not a word about it playing any notes at all (let alone a recognizable tune), just that the handle is to "windup the mechanism," and it "turns great."

      Methinks this one is, like most of them, no longer functional in terms of playing notes. The crank turns freely, so they're trying to spin that as "WORKS Great." };-)
    15. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Apparently, I can't stop just yet.

      Here's another Mattel tin musical toy. It's not an Easter egg, but this one is also advertised as playing "Sing a Song of Sixpence" (indeed, I couldn't imagine it playing anything else):

      *snip*

      Mattel made this tin windup musical toy in 1953. It is a 9.5 inch diameter tin pie that plays the 4 and 20 blackbirds baked into a pie by turning the crank. Five black birds pop up when the song is finished. You push them back down with center red knob. The bottom has some scrathes [sic], but over all is in excellent condition. The box is also in very good condition with the original price sticker from McLellan's for $1.98. You won't find many vintage toys in this condition with the box.

      *snip*

      https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1953-mattel-musical-blackbird-pie-toy-510061143

      There are a lot of listings for this particular toy, so if you want to see more pictures, just search for "Mattel Music Maker toy stock no. 467."
    16. keramikos keramikos, 2 months ago
      Woo hoo! OK, I'm digressing. These are not Mattel Easter Egg toys, but vintage Mattel crank-operated toys demonstrated playing recognizable tunes:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPdhZjoPO-k

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfoc8o7fD5w
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      aura
      keramikos (for the wonderful info)
      and
      Michael
      Thank you all very much for the loves and for stopping by!!
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Thanks Gary for the love and for stopping by!!
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      SEAN,
      Thanks very much for the love and for stopping in!!
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 month ago
      Mike
      and
      Lisa
      Thank you both very much for the loves and for stopping by!!

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