What is it about saxophones and their association with Halloween? Today it’s not so much the case anymore, but every year around the holiday eBay is filled with vintage noise makers in the shape of saxophones, in the classic Halloween colours of black and orange (Spec Toys seems to have been a big maker of these toys.)
In October 2014 this unusual curiosity popped up on eBay. According to the seller, this decorative Halloween display is a papier-mâché saxophone. As well as being unusual, it is also quite large: 22″ H x 7″ W.
This is what the seller wrote about this interesting sax-shaped “thing”: (Please excuse their shouting.)
PLEASE EXCUSE CAMERA GLARE WHICH SHOWS SOME PICTURES MUCH LIGHTER ORANGE THAN IT REALLY IS. THE DARKER ORANGE IS ITS TRUE COLOR. THIS RARE, VINTAGE,ANTIQUE SAXOPHONE SHOWS SOME AGE WEAR WITH SOME MINOR NICKS AND CHIPPING OF PAINT ON SEAMS AND EDGES. THE MOUTH PIECE MAY HAVE HAD A PLASTIC OR PAPER PIECE ON THE OPEN HOLE AT ONE TIME. THERE IS SOME FRAYING OF PAPER ON MOUTH PIECE. THE MOUTH PIECE LABEL READS: “DO NOT BLOW BUT THROUGH THE MOUTH PIECE”.
Since this was a papier-mâché saxophone, I can’t imagine that this was intended as anything other than a display piece. The condensation caused by blowing in it would have really damaged it. That said, whatever it is intended for, this Halloween display is one very interesting, and unique sax-shaped “thing”.