Antique medical devices, quack and electroshock instruments, more at Fontaine's December 12 auction Fontaine's Auction Gallery will break the mold on its customary sales featuring antique clocks, rare vintage lamps and fine estate items when it conducts a 400-plus-lot auction on Saturday, Dec. 12th.
News-Antique.com - Dec 02,2015 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Fontaine's Auction Gallery will break the mold on its customary sales featuring antique clocks, rare vintage lamps and fine estate items when it conducts a 400-plus-lot auction dedicated to antique medical devices, quack and electroshock instruments, vintage World Wars I/II posters, Native American artifacts, coins, trains and comic books on Saturday, Dec. 12.
The six-session Collectors Auction, set to begin promptly at 11 a.m. Eastern time, will be held in Fontaine's galley, at 1485 Housatonic Street in Pittsfield – plus online, at LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and eBay.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, from 10-5; and on Saturday, auction day, Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
“This promises to be a fun sale, not just because the merchandise is so interesting and unusual – which it is – but because virtually everything being sold is within the reach of every level of collector, from the novice beginner to the seasoned veteran,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine's Auction Gallery, “plus we're still adding new items.”
Indeed, there is only one item in the catalog expected to hammer for $10,000 or more: a large American Indian turquoise concho belt with 694 turquoise cabochons, six inches wide by 43 ¾ inches long. It's estimated to bring $8,000-$12,000. Right on its heels is a vintage World War I U.S. Army recruiting poster, the famous one by James Montgomery Flagg (est. $7,000-$9,000).
The poster, published in 1917 by the Leslie Judge Co. (N.Y.), depicts the well-known Uncle Sam portrait and the words, “I Want You, For US Army – Nearest Recruiting Station” (in this case, the San Fernando Building in Los Angeles, office-stamped to the poster). In the frame, the poster measures 47 inches by 36 ½ inches and is in overall very nice condition, with part of it restored.
Antique medical devices, quack and electroshock instruments are niche collectibles with a loyal following. Offered will be a quack medical shock machine with standing dial and paddles that's expected to hit $1,500-$2,000; and an X-Ray illusion from European Novelty Company in New York (“Drop a Nickel in the Slot and Look in the Round Hole”); it's estimated at $1,200-$1,500.
A 1930s Dinshah's Spectro-Chrome Machine with over ten booklets, plus boxed papers, colored filters and a cast metal wheeled tripod, should coast to $1,000-$5,000; a Griggs conical Electro-Magnetic Machine, patented Jan. 8, 1875, should realize $1,200-$1,500; and a rare and fancy skeleton magnetic hand-crank machine with a dolphin on the handle should make $1,200-$1,500.
An expected star of the toy trains category is a group of six boxes of collector trains and sets that will be sold as one lot, with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. Included are a five-piece boxed train set of Real King by M.T.H. Electric Trains; three lots of Lionel Century Club trains, all with shop displays and original boxes; a boxed shop display for Century Club No. 2333 (NY Central) in original boxes; and NYC-ESE-5329 Century Club II