Star Italian conductor (1867-1957), considered one of the greatest of all times. Baton used by Toscanini in a rehearsal, from the collection of conductor Lloyd Shaffer (1901-1969). Shaffer ran a small orchestra & supper club in Connecticut, and was a great admirer of Toscanini. According to his daughter Kay D. Salberg, Shaffer was presented this baton by a fellow musician and friend who played in both Mr. Shaffer´s and the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Toscanini. During a particularly difficult rehearsal, Maestro Toscanini became frustrated and threw this baton at Mr. Shaffer´s friend and stormed out in a fit of rage. Knowing Mr. Shaffer´s appreciation for Toscanini, the gentleman retrieved the baton and gave it to him. The baton remained in the Shaffer/Salberg family until 2000, when it was transferred to a singer and private collector and then to us.
Total frame size is 5.25 x 18.75 inches, baton alone is 15.6 inches long and is glued to a mat nicely decorated with a small metal plaque showing a facsimile of Toscanini´s signature. Baton is in very good condition yet missing the cork handle, mounted in a very nice display. A very rare item, with a story. Batons used by Toscanini are very scarce and highly collectible.
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