Circa: 1940s Country of Origin: United States Manufacturer: Mattel Creations
This is one of Mattel's earliest toys, produced before they incorporated in the 1940s when the company was known as Mattel Creations and was based in Culver City California. It's a heavy paper-covered fiberboard music box with bright litho print graphics of children riding a sleigh and playing outdoors. The back is red tin and there's a blue and white cotton twist cord to hang the music box around the child's neck. When the Jack-in-the-box style metal turn crank at the side is turned, the box plays Jingle Bells. It plays very well, probably as well as it did when new.
The music box measures 6 by 5-1/2 by 3 inches. There is some light corner bumping to the paper graphics, otherwise it's in excellent condition with no damage and very little wear. There may have been a wooden knob on the metal crank handle, if so it's no longer present. The original box has some partial splits to the end flap seams or corners and general age and storage wear. Printed on the box is "A Futurland Music Box Toy" and "Plays Christmas Tunes" though only one song plays. The last photo is a composition shot showing both side ends of the box. A rare item in very nice, still working condition.