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Victorian Music Box Presented by Grover Cleveland to his Vice President Thomas Hendricks

Lot of 2, including music box plus Grover Cleveland ALS.  The note, discovered by the consignor behind the song list on the underside of the lid, is 1p, 3.5 x 4.25 in., dated November 5, 1884, reading To Thomas Hendricks / "Congratulations" / I hope you enjoy this gift., and signed Yours greatfully(sic), Grover Cleveland.  This was written the day after Cleveland and Hendricks defeated James Blaine and Thomas Logan to become the first victorious Democratic ticket since before the Civil War, suggesting that this could be one of the earliest notes written by Cleveland after winning the nomination. 

The music box is a Henry Gautschi & Sons with inlaid lid and brass handles, affixed with the original chromolithographed and manuscript song list, including: Nearer my God to thee; Rock of Ages; Coronation; Old Hundred; Refuge; and Sweet By and By; 19 x 9 x 6.5 in. high.

Condition:ANS with minor soiling, stain along right edge, and ink smudge over first few letters of signature.  Music box in working condition, with scattered paint loss, and minor stains on lid.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,410
06/21/2012

 

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