SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES ABOUND IN ELLI BUK’S COLLECTION Dedham, MA: This month, Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers is pleased to present the Elli Buk Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Scientific Instruments and Tec
history of communication is further explored through an extensive collection of televisions and radios, including a 1939 General Electric Model HM171, estimated at $3,000-5,000 and an early Atwater Kent Breadboard Radio Receiver, estimated at $2,000-3,000. A rare sound device created by 19th century German inventory Max Kohl consists of a collection of Helmholtz Brass Resonators mounted on a 39 x 29 inch mahogany board and is estimated at $25,000-35,000.
The history of photography and cinema is explored through the vast selection of box cameras, lantern projectors and movie cameras. A Victorian zoetrope with a collection of animated strips and five mounted photographs of Muybridge's print, Animal locomotion, are purported to have been in the collection of American artist Thomas Eakins at one time. Another highlight is a very rare set of Eadweard Muybridge zoetrope strips, titled "Attitudes of Animals in Motion", copyright 1882, in their original cylinder. The set, which was illustrated in Eadward Muybridge, The Father of the Motion Picture, by Gordon Hendriks is estimated at $5,000-15,000. Eadweard Muybridge's photographic study of animals in motion is what led to the motion picture industry. Thomas Eakins was teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art while Muybridge was at the University of Pennsylvania. Eakins was so taken with Muybridge's work, that he is said to have created his own Zoetrope and used it in his lectures at the PAFA. In addition to painting, Eakins was well known for his photography as well.
Highlights from the large selection of 19th century microscopes include a W. H. Bulloch Brass Double Pillar Microscope, estimated at $4,000-8,000 and a Large Hugh Powell Microscope, circa 1841, bears a $5,000-15,000 estimate. One of the most curious devices in the collection is a Violin Vibrophone, considered a rare medical quack device used to cure Tinnitus, a disorder manifested by the perception of sound within the ear that is not heard externally. The violin shaped mechanism manufactured in Brooklyn New York at the turn of the century is estimated at $5,000-10,000. Many laboratory teaching devices, medical instruments, x-ray tubes and light bulbs are sprinkled throughout the collection.
A large selection of patent models and salesman's samples include a Rare Firefighter's Aerial Ladder Apparatus, created by John A. Lee of Chattanooga in the mid 19th century, estimated to fetch $5,000-10,000; and a Daisy Wheel Reaper, with a parquetry basket, made by M. Clifton of Ithaca, New York, estimated at $3,000-5,000 and a Brass Model of a Wolfe and Yarian Printing Press with eagle decoration, bears an estimate of $5,000-10,000.
One of the mainstays of the collection is a large assortment of early motors, machinery and electrical devices. Two Riker Motors, manufactured by the Riker Electric Motor Co. of Brooklyn, New York under an 1891 patent, will be featured along side examples by important early examples by Frank Perret and the Crocker-Wheeler Electronic Co. Riker pioneered the use of electrical motors in transportation. A large assortment of cast iron stamps, seals and presses, as well as typewriters, sewing machines and