NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A circa-1890 battery-driven Edison Class M cylinder phonograph, an early 20th-century J. & E. Stevens North Pole mechanical bank, a replica of the iconic 1946 Wurlitzer Model 1015 One More Time jukebox and a 1960 Rock-Ola Tempo II Model 1478 Windshield jukebox are among the highlights in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online Music Machines, Toys & Advertising sale, slated for Saturday, March 19. The 541-lot auction will start at 9 am Eastern time, and absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All estimates are given in Canadian dollars.
The Edison Class M cylinder phonograph was initially intended for business dictation but entertainment became its primary role. The example in the sale comes with a Standard reproducer and one listening tube, but no battery. The phonograph was sold by Holland Bros., Ottawa, the sole importer for Canada, and it was made in America. It is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
The J. & E. Stevens mechanical bank depicts reliefs of Robert E. Peary’s 1909 expedition to reach the North Pole. Users push the flag down, insert a coin into the slot and press forward. The painted cast iron bank shows very little wear and is in good working order. It carries an estimate of $6,500-$9,000.
The Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox (known as the One More Time or OMT jukebox) is a replica, not an original. It was made in Germany around 1990 and has been updated to play 45 rpm records (up to 50 can be stored). Boasting multi-colored lights, bubble tubes and gleaming chrome on its exterior, the jukebox is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
The Rock-Ola Tempo II Model 1478 jukebox is indeed original, and was made in America circa 1960. It is estimated at $3,500-$5,000. It’s nicknamed the Windshield because it was designed to look like the cars of the era, which had big fins and a windshield to match. The jukebox is in good working order (though it is mono only) and plays up to 120 selections of 45 rpm records.
The Edison Class M cylinder phonograph is just one of many early phonographs and gramophones in the auction. Also on offer is a circa-1911 Edison Opera cylinder phonograph, Edison’s top-of-the-line model, renowned for its smooth-running motor and self-supporting horn. A rich mahogany finish on the case and bronze tiger striping add to its appeal. It is estimated at $3,000-$4,000.
A second standout in the category is an Amet Echophone cylinder phonograph, made in America in 1896. It was a short-lived product that was designed to avoid Columbia and Edison patents, but patent litigation essentially ended the company. The example on offer is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Still another strong entry is a Columbia Type AS coin-op cylinder phonograph, made in America circa 1898. It is an early example of a phonograph intended as an entertainment device for a public space, such as a restaurant, waiting room or arcade. It has its horn and all its keys and is estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
Rounding out the gramophone and phonograph selection is a circa-1897 Berliner Trademark model disc gramophone. It’s the American version of the iconic Berliner gramophone, known to collectors as the Trademark but originally marketed as the Berliner Improved gramophone. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,500.
Clocks are another stacked auction category, with many fine examples, such as a complete and untouched Canada Clock Company (City of Victoria) clock that appeared on the 1986 cover of The Canada & Hamilton Clock Companies. It is a rare variant and functional, estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
A Canadian Pequegnat Regulator #1 office clock from the 1910s has an estimate of $2,500-$3,500. Regarded as Pequegnat’s most accurate timekeeper, it has an eight-day weight-driven movement and a quarter sawn oak case.
A J. & E. Stevens painted cast iron magician mechanical bank designed by Charles A. Bailey – the harder-to-find version with the pink stairs – is estimated to ring up $3,000-$3,500; while a Mechanical Novelty Works painted cast iron second degree mechanical bank with a goat and frog mechanism, in good working order, carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,500.
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