I found this lovely vintage hand painted porcelain music box at a thrift store for less than $2. It was coated in a brown veneer of cigarette tar from spending a couple decades in a smoker’s home. Probably due to the very dirty condition, no one had given this gorgeous piece a second glance.
The music box is from 1988 and is a rare holiday edition from a series called Elusive Legend by Enesco. It was made in Taiwan and measures 7.75″ high. The music is Carol of the Bells. This piece is exquisitely modeled and carefully painted.
Enesco started in 1958 as a subsidiary of N. Shure Co. (NSCo, sound it out!) It was the arm of the company that imported items, mostly from Asia, for sale in the US. The musical movement works perfectly and the porcelain has no damage. The metal music box itself is by Schmid, a manufacturer renowned for high quality.
I spent about one-half hour carefully cleaning the smoker’s build-up. The mess needed to be removed without getting any water into the metal workings. Once I saw how beautiful it was, I wanted this for myself. I’m a huge fan of anything horsey. Then I checked the value. This item is rare and sought after. It is worth about $200. Sadly, I must sell the little unicorn, I can’t afford such an expensive bit of decor. I’m sure it will go to a very deserving person. The piece is in my eBay shop.