Emenee Toy Sax

Emenee toy sax, vintage toy sax, plastic saxophone toy, sax case-style original box

Source: A Musician’s Beautiful Mess on eBay.com

The Silver Saxophone, as well as the Gold and Silver Saxophone, by Emenee Industries, are vintage toys that appear on eBay fairly regularly. (Although the Gold and Silver version is much less common.)

The Emenee toy sax came with its own carrying case that resembled a saxophone case, a neck strap, as well as a music book. According to the seller of this particular item, it is from 1953.

 Source: A Musician’s Beautiful Mess on eBay.com

Although missing its song book, this Silver Saxophone is in very good condition. The overall condition is not minty like the Gold and Silver Saxophone shown above however. BTW, is it just me, or do the keys look gold on this horn? It could just be the lighting. Or it might be that this is a Gold and Silver Saxophone, that is in a Silver Saxophone’s box.

The seller provided the following measurements for this instrument and case:

Measures (approximately) 19″ long.  Case is 4″ x 8″ x 21″

 Source: Jany’s Store on eBay.com

This Emenee toy sax—which is most certainly a Silver Saxophone—still has its original, well-used song book with it. The seller was kind enough to provide a glimpse inside, to show how the music that accompanied the Silver Saxophone was written.

 Source: eBay.com

1961 Emenee Toy Sax Print Ad

In June 2015 I happened to see this interesting print ad, which appears to have come from an ordering catalogue for retailers. Unfortunately there are no prices listed, so we can’t see what retailers would have had to pay for six of the Gold and Silver Emenee Toy Saxes.

1961 Emenee Silver Sax Print Ad
Source: Mantiques-and-baseball on eBay.com

Emenee Toy Sax Featured in Cleveland Press

In the fall of 2014 I noticed a B&W photo of a Emenee Toy Sax on eBay. This photo is interesting because the back of the photo is stamped:

CLEVELAND PRESS

DEC 3, 1958

REFERENCE DEPT.

There is also some handwriting on the back which says:

Toy saxophone (U.S. made)

—Highbee’s toys

According to Wikipedia, Higbee’s was a department store founded 1860 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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