365 quality, fresh lots will be sold at Fontaine's Auction Gallery on Saturday, March 29th, in Mass. 365 lots of fresh, quality lots in a host of diverse categories – musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more – will be sold March 29 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery
News-Antique.com - Mar 05,2014 - (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise in a host of diverse categories – musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more – will be sold on Saturday, March 29, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. The auction will begin promptly at 11 a.m. (EST).
The musical items will feature rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs and jukeboxes. Also sold will be automatons, slot machines, arcade games, vending and soda machines, cash registers, historical, wall phones, trade stimulators, tin litho, display cases, signs, posters, scales, political, bicycles and baseball. In short, it’s a sale with something for everyone.
Three lots are expected to hit or exceed $10,000. They are a Regina Style 38 disc changer music box with 5-cent coin operated mechanism and refinished case (est. $10,000-$15,000); a Caille Brothers one-cent coin-op baseball trade stimulator (est. $12,000-$15,000); and a figural slave abolition wood carving of a kneeling male slave, 56 inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000).
Talk about diversity. The auction will feature a Civil War writing desk with cased 1849 Colt iron guard pocket revolver, inscribed to C. (Chapman) Biddle (est. $6,000-$8,000); an 1866 Improved Order of Men presentation axe with long ebonized wood handle (est. $5,000-$7,000); and a Jennings Sportsman Deluxe golf ball vendor 25-cent trade stimulator (est. $5,000-$7,000).
Stars of the musical category will include a Nickelodeon coin-op upright player piano band organ in a mahogany case with leaded glass doors (est. $5,000-$7,500); a Wurlitzer model 800 jukebox, 1940, fully restored in excellent shape (est. $4,500-$6,500); and a Swiss cylinder music box with bells and drum, playing twelve tunes on a three-piece comb (est. $2,500-$3,500).
Phonographs will feature an Edison Triumph Model-F cylinder phonograph with Herzog cabinet model 712, housed in an oak cased with a domed lid (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a Victor mahogany Type VI phonograph in a mahogany case with 21-inch horn (est. $3,500-$5,000). Also sold will be a Watling 25-cent Rol-A-Top twin jackpot slot machine (est. $1,500-$2,500).
Cigar-related items will include a standing figural Justice cigar lighter made for the World’s Fair (Columbian Exposition) of 1893, 18 inches tall (est. $3,500-$5,000); a William Penn cigar advertisement reading “Wm. Penn Cigars, 10 cents”, 39 inches tall (est. $3,500-$5,000); and a rare cast-iron airplane cigar lighter, made circa 1910-1915 (est. $1,000-$1,500).
Tops among toys will be a Carette wind-up steam-powered tin battleship with working propellers, in very good working condition, 21 inches in length (est. $800-$1,200); a Cor-Cor (Washington, Ind.) 1933 Graham pressed steel scale model sedan toy car (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a high-wheel monkey-on-a-bicycle pull toy with bell, made by Ives Mfg. (est. $800-$1,200).
Toy trains will feature an unusual wood and metal camelback locomotive metal engine and coal car with brass wheels, contacts and track, 30 inches overall (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an Ives Standard Gauge train set with five cars, eight pieces of track and switches (est. $600-$800). Also sold will be a cast-iron clown and harlequin mechanical bank, 2nd casting