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
a painted green cabinet with gilt carved moldings and trim and a fancy gilt carved base in scrolling legs; and an oak Victor Type V phonograph with a 12-inch turntable, rear-mounted oak horn, black painted support arm with gilt stenciling and a nickel tone arm.
Coin-op machines will feature a 1-cent floor model Mills Perfect Muscle Developer, with a portrait of a man flexing his muscles and reading, “Show Your Strength,” over an index chart comparing average strength-to-weight ratios; and a circa 1939 C.R. Kirk & Co. free weight coin-op scale, with a red hand pointing to the “guessed” weight and black hand for “actual weight.”
Cash registers will include an inlaid National Cash Register (Dayton, Oh.) having a beautiful mahogany case with carved trim, 25 lever buttons and a domed lid with shell and swirling inlays. Also sold will be an early 20th century Royal Typewriter advertising display, a functional model mounted with a pressed tin store advertising display sign.
Graphophones (phonographs for recording and reproducing sounds on wax records) will be plentiful throughout the sale. Examples will include a Columbia Type BC graphophone with large-size oak case and large mechanically amplified reproducer; and a Columbia Type AD Home Grand gramophone on a stand, having an oak case with fancy domed, patented Dec. 1898.
Also offered will be a Graphonola DeLuxe with serpentine form floor-standing mahogany case holding a Regina music box playing 15 ˝ inch discs on a double combed spring-driven mechanism signed with a metal tag on the soundboard; and a Chicago Coin’s Band Box jukebox orchestra speaker deluxe model 1951, with an animated band that plays when the curtain is open.
Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots are a Seeburg “Shoot the Bear” arcade game with a bear figure that runs around a cluster of trees with a hound chasing it, and a rifle that fires a laser at the display; and a double singing bird cage automaton with a pair of mechanical birds inside a brass cage that flick their tails, move their heads and whistle a tune.
The Oct. 19 antique auction will feature furniture made by J.H. Belter, Herter Brothers, R.J. Horner, J. & J.W. Meeks, Alexander Roux, John Jeliff, Thomas Brooks the Wooten Desk Co., and others. Lighting will be from Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Pairpoint and others. Also sold will be gasoliers, argand lamps, astral lamps and cut glass banquet lamps.
The Oct. 19 auction will also boast bronzes, marble statuary, parian figures, paintings, cameo glass, art glass, porcelains, sterling silver, garden urns, leaded windows and hundreds of related and decorative accessories. Headlining the sale will be the unreserved contents of the home, shop and personal collection of David Marshall of Brooklyn, N.Y. Quality consignments are being accepted for this auction.
The Nov. 23 antique clock auction will contain many rare and important clocks from several prominent collections. A featured item in this auction will be an E. Howard & Co. #68 astronomical regulator clock