Coin-op amusements stealing show in Mass.

 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two 35-year collections covering many categories are selling without reserve in a specialty auction slated for Sept. 21 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 1485

Chicago Coin’s Band Box Juke Box Orchestra Speaker Deluxe Model 1951, when the jukebox is turned on to play, the curtain opens and the animated band begins to play; signed on a metal tag on the back, Band Box, Model 50-100 and serial number 2203. 29 in. high x 46 in. wide x 23.5 in. deep ($6,000-$8,000). (Photo courtesy Fontaine's Auction Gallery)

Chicago Coin’s Band Box Juke Box Orchestra Speaker Deluxe Model 1951, when the jukebox is turned on to play, the curtain opens and the animated band begins to play; signed on a metal tag on the back, Band Box, Model 50-100 and serial number 2203. 29 in. high x 46 in. wide x 23.5 in. deep ($6,000-$8,000). (Photo courtesy Fontaine’s Auction Gallery)

West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Approximately 450 fresh to the market lots will be offered beginning at 11 a.m. For bidders unable to attend the sale live, Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

The 35-year collections will headline the event, the first of three major Fall auctions planned by Fontaine’s. (The other two are schedule for Oct. 19 and Nov. 23.)

The Sept. 21 auction will feature musical items (Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs, jukeboxes and speakers), automatons, coin-ops, 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 Yale Wonder Clock, an atypical complex multi-gadget coin-op spring driven and electric machine with a large oak case with a reverse painted mirrored glass banner on top with blue border and sun with crossed American flags in the center, has a numbered wheel from 1-200 with spinning brass indicator pointing to a number, which would identify the prize compared to an index chart that would be set up by the store owner, carries presale estimate of $45,000 to $65,000. (Photo courtesy Fontaine's Auction Gallery)

The Yale Wonder Clock ($45,000 to $65,000). (Photo courtesy Fontaine’s Auction Gallery)

A circa 1900 coin-operated Yale Wonder Clock, made in Burlington, Vt., sports a roulette-type dial, spinning pointer, flashing lights, 15 1/2 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.

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.

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.

For more information, contact 413-448-8922 or info@fontaineauction.com, or visit www.FontainesAuction.net.

 

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