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Musical chairs has always been a fun party game. The fact that it began with a "musical chair" seems lost in obscurity. The Swiss and Germans, known for their music boxes, found a novel way to insert one in the seat of an elaborately decorated chair. A hostess placed the chair among others in a circle. The gameís players walked around the circle while the music from the chairís music box played. Whoever sat on the chair and stopped the music by engaging the switch that turned off the music box, had to leave the game. The last person to remain won.

Craftsmen, producing the chairs from the 1880s to the 1920s, used several kinds of wood, usually walnut plus some exotic varieties for inlays. They usually didnít sign their chairs. Often, these chairs came in a set with an armchair and side chairs. Today, the chair pictured here, owned by Sherrill and Barb Edwards of West Grove, Pennsylvania, is priced at $2,100. Most, however, sell for about $1,500.

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