Pair of outstanding 35-year collections to headline Fontaine's Sept. 21 auction in Pittsfield, Mass. Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold without reserve, featuring items in many categories, will be included in a specialty auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery
News-Antique.com - Aug 16,2013 - (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold without reserve, featuring items in many categories, will be included in a specialty auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. (EST), by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Approximately 450 fresh to the market lots will be offered.
The 35-year collections – one from Jerry and Doris Soldner of Kingston, N.Y., the other from a collector in the Elk Mountain region of northern Pennsylvania – will headline the event, the first of three major auctions planned by Fontaine’s. The firm will also conduct a cataloged antique auction on Saturday, Oct. 19, and an antique clock sale on Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Sept. 21 auction will feature musical items (rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs, jukeboxes and speakers), automatons, coin-op, country store, advertising, slot machines, toys, arcade games, vending and soda machines, cash registers, wall phones, trade stimulators, tin litho, signs and posters, display cases, scales, figural canes, bicycles and more.
“The two major collections are certain to attract bidders, for two reasons,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “One, they have been tucked away in homes for over 35 years and are just now seeing the light of day, so they’re truly fresh to the market. And two, both will be sold without reserve. These are wonderful items, many of them rare and very desirable.”
Previews will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, from 10-5, and Saturday, Sept. 21, the date of sale, from 9 a.m. until the first gavel comes down at 11 a.m. For bidders unable to attend the sale live, Internet bidding will be provided by both LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A full catalog will be posted Aug. 21 at fontainesauction.net.
At least 30 floor model jukeboxes will be offered, to include a 1941 Wurlitzer model 850 jukebox, also called “The Peacock” because it features a brilliant peacock reverse painted on glass. It also boasts an arched top with chromed filigree mounts. Also sold will be a Wurlitzer table model 71 jukebox on stand (1940), 58 inches tall and taking nickels, dimes and quarters.
One item sure to wow the crowd is a circa 1900 Yale Wonder Clock, made in Burlington, Vt. The coin-operated mechanical marvel sports a roulette-type dial, spinning pointer, flashing lights, 15 ½ inch Regina music box and token system designed to reward a lucky patron with merchandise from the store where the machine was displayed. It is one of only a handful known.
Phonographs will feature a rare Burns & Pollack Lampophone phonograph, with electric-driven disc turntable with Burns Capitol reproducer, brass tone arm, three needle bins and single interior light socket; and a Victor mahogany Type VI phonograph and stand in original finish, signed on a brass tag “Victor Talking Machine Co.” and with a 12-inch spring-driven turntable.
Also sold will be a custom paint-decorated butler’s secretary cabinet with electric model Victrola, having