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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.FontainesAuction.net.