AUCTION : 1018

Lots 1225 - 1242: Mechanical & Other Antiques

Lot#: 1225

DESCRIPTION: The Gem Cutlery Company, New York, "GEM Damaskeene Razor" animated advertising display, articulated pressboard figure of a father shaving with a baby on his knee, spring driven pendulum movement with simple escapement on a wood base.
CONDITION: The pressboard is in good condition. The baby's forehead shows signs of a crease and the upper corners of the sign on the base have been slightly damaged. The printed colors are still nice. There are some small brown spots on the image around the edges. Nice rear paper label which specifies the terms under which the sign was to be granted to storekeepers. Unsigned spring driven movement has the appearance of many Connecticut-made clocks movements. The mechanism works well, causing the father to rock back and forth in his chair, while his arm moves up and down as if in the act of shaving his face. The Gem Cutlery Company started in 1898. Its first product, the Gem Safety Razor advertised on this sign, was a best seller and went on to be a product of The American Safety Razor Corporation.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $2800
CIRCA: 1912
DIMENSIONS: 29.5in x 20.5in x 4in

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Lot#: 1226

DESCRIPTION: Ansonia Clock Co., New York, for Bull Durham Tobacco, advertising clock, 30 hour, spring driven balance wheel movement in a wood case wrapped in cloth to resemble a bail of tobacco, black steel dial with advertising in gold print reading in part "Genuine Durham Tobacco / Durham, N.C.", gold colored spade hands.
CONDITION: The cloth wrapping has darkened and has as small tear starting along the top front edge. Paper labels applied over the cloth are mostly intact except along the top edges of the box. The green paper label on the back is particularly nice. The dial is in very good condition. There is a small loss of paint and some rust around the lower left mounting screw. The signed Ansonia movement ticks when prompted. Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco was started sometime in the 1850s and lasted until the late 1980s. The brand is known for its innovative advertising efforts, this piece being a fine example. This clocks is in better condition than most of this type that we have seen.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $150
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 13in x 9in x 5.5in

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Lot#: 1227

DESCRIPTION: The Attracto Company, Philadelphia, Penn., jeweler's advertising display, spring driven pendulum mechanism in a wood case driving a carved nodding stork figure and rotating arrow pointing to circular display of birthstones, the plaque on the front reading "They Do Stay In / Birthstones Guaranteed" and "W.W.W. Rings ".
CONDITION: The wood case is in good condition with very minor scratches to the edges and corners. The stork figure is missing a little yellow paint in its legs and some white paint on its wing. Four of the simulated gemstones on the front are absent. The unsigned spring driven movement with primitive escapement is dirty, but works quite well. When fully wound, the sign will operate for several hours.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $150
CIRCA: 1905
DIMENSIONS: 17in x 18in x 4.25in

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Lot#: 1228

DESCRIPTION: The Attracto Company, Philadelphia, Penn., jeweler's advertising display, spring driven pendulum movement in a wood case powering a velvet covered butterfly with moving wings, 12 finger ring holders on the wings corresponding to the birthstone for each month.
CONDITION: The wood case is in good condition, with only minor bumps and scratches. There is a small metal tag with the company name on right side of the case. There is an inner paper label, but it is difficult to read. The black velvet backing on the front of the display is in very good shape. The pink velvet on butterfly's wings is a little faded from time in the sun, but looks quite good. Two of the twelve ring holders are broken. The unsigned spring driven movement with simple escapement is dirty but works very well. The clock-like dial below the butterfly has a single hand that advances with each flap of the butterfly's wings. Finger rings were placed in the holders mounted to the wings. When placed in a window, the moving sign and sunlight hitting the birthstones was sure to attract attention. The unit runs for several hours on a single winding.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $150
CIRCA: 1905
DIMENSIONS: 20in x 15in x 5in

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Lot#: 1229

DESCRIPTION: National Kei-Lac Co., Chicago, Illinois, "Kei-Lac Advertising Clock", time and slide projector, one spring driven balance wheel movement tells the time and another spring driven motor advances a circular panel holding 12 glass advertising slides, all within a carrying case with integrated light bulb and original documents.
CONDITION: The unit received some mechanical restoration in the late 1980s as indicated by some of the included documents. This appears to include a new socket for the light bulb. The clock movement, advertising panel motor, and light bulb are all working. The light within the unit cast the images from a sequence of colored glass slides which feature advertising that was custom ordered from the company. Several of these order forms are included. The advertisements were projected onto a flat surface at night. Hands showing the actual time were superimposed onto the advertising images -- each of which has a clock dial around the outer edge. Advertisements in the unit feature Chicago-based businesses such as Marshall Field & Company, Victrola, Terrace Garden Restaurant, R.H. Baker Jeweler, Illinois Motor Co., Holsom Bread, Crosby Radio, and others. Unit comes with original contracts / order forms, photographs of the unit in action, colorful correspondences from 1924, and a few additional glass slides. This may be the ultimate advertising clock.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $175
CIRCA: 1924
DIMENSIONS: 12in x 15in x 8in

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Lot#: 1230

DESCRIPTION: Bally Manufacturing Co., Chicago, Illinois, "Bosco" coin-operated dice trade stimulator, 110v motor powering an enclosed platform that rotates three dice with reversible payout poster featuring with beer one side and cigarettes on the other, all housed in a wood box with glass top.
CONDITION: The black wood case is in good condition given that it spent a lot of time on the top of a bar. The key for the lock is absent, but is unlocked so the end of the box can be removed and coins can be retrieved. A small brass tag on the end of the box reads "A Bally Product ". The spinning platform has been refelted with modern adhesive-backed felt, the sides of which were pre-cut with circular shapes. These can sometimes catch and should be replaced. The original electric motor has been given a new wire and the original plug. Pulley belt inside is a modern piece of elastic cord. The poster is somewhat darkened and has some evidence of moisture stain. Overall it is fairly clean a readable. The three dice are old and probably original. The glass top has a crack in one corner and an old State of Virginia slot machine license dated 1941. To operate the machine, a nickel is dropped in the slot in the top. The coin completes the electrical circuit which starts the motor and the dice spinning. The wooden plunger on the front is then depressed fully. This pushes the coin out of the circuit and stops the motor. The resulting numbers on the dice determines the payout which are listed on the poster. Bally was an early innovator in the development of pinball machines, slot machines, and trade stimulators. The name lives on as a casino in Las Vegas.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $100
CIRCA: 1933
DIMENSIONS: 4.5in x 9in x 13in

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Lot#: 1231

DESCRIPTION: Boltz, Clymer, & Co., Philadelphia and San Francisco, countertop cigar trimmer, spring driven cutter in a cast iron case with raised lettering listing the name of the company and "Havana Cigars ".
CONDITION: The cast iron case is in very good condition except for a repair to the lower left section of the top surface. The red paint on lettering was not applied with care and is probably a later addition. The spring driven movement is wound with an integrated key on the right side of the unit. The unit is activated by placing the end of a cigar in the opening and pressing down. The mechanism does seem to be operational. An interesting and rare item.
ESTIMATE: $250 - $350
PRICE SOLD: $150
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 6.25in x 5in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 1232

DESCRIPTION: Loheide Manufacturing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, "Wizard" 8 day, time and strike spring brass lever movement black mantel clock / trade stimulator.
CONDITION: Enameled wood case in nice condition. Paper dial appears original, but has scattered light stains. Original hands. This clock was supplied by the Waterbury Clock Co. and looks to be variation of the "Java" model. A label on the back reads: "The Wizard Clock controlled by Vincent Bros., Rochester, N. Y." The clock has a coin slot at the top. When a nickel was deposited, it triggered the strike train of the clock which drives a token dispensing system. A modified countwheel will dispense one, two, and on rare occasion, three tokens in the tray mounted to the side of the clock. Tokens were then exchanged for small items at the retail location. Ten coins are included.
ESTIMATE: $250 - $350
PRICE SOLD: $325
CIRCA: 1906
DIMENSIONS: 10.75in x 12.5in x 6.5in

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Lot#: 1233

DESCRIPTION: S. Shaw, Lancashire, United Kingdom, "Mackenzie's Ink Polygraph", clockwork motor for the feed of paper tape and time interval marking, diaphragm receivers with and without leather straps, two ink pens, and other accessories, all in a fitted velvet-lined case with an ink polygraph recording on a paper roll dated 1918.
CONDITION: The leather covered case is deteriorating on the top. The inside of velvet-lined box is in good condition. The machine is not entirely complete as it is missing the bracket to hold the paper roll, and perhaps also some other accessories. Set comes with four recording diaphragms or "tambours" as Mackenzie called them. Small dried samples of the original rubber tubing are included. The included paper roll is presumably an actual polygraph recording taken by the machine and dated 1918. The machine was invented by the famous heart surgeon Sir James Mackenzie (1853-1925). In use, one diaphragm is placed over a vein in the neck and another over the wrist. Movements of the blood in these locations cause the diaphragms to vibrate. The vibrations were carried via rubber tubing to the long recording pens which were set to just barely touch a paper roll that was advanced by the spring driven motor. The clockwork mechanism is still capable of performing its two functions: turning the paper feed roller and impulsing the time-marking pen on one the end of the unit. This early polygraph was one of the first that could display heart irregularities in a visual manner. They were also used as lie detectors. Dimensions are for the carrying case.
ESTIMATE: $150 - $350
PRICE SOLD: $150
CIRCA: 1910
DIMENSIONS: 4in x 10.25in x 6in

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Lot#: 1234

DESCRIPTION: Progressive Mfg. Pana, Ill, "Wizard" 8 day, time and strike spring brass lever movement black mantel clock and trade stimulator. The "Dixon" model clock was supplied by the Waterbury Clock Co.. The clock has a coin slot at the top. When a nickel was deposited, it triggered the strike train of the clock which drives a token dispensing system. A modified countwheel will dispense one, two, and on rare occasion, three tokens in the tray mounted to the side of the clock. Tokens were then exchanged for small items at the retail location. Five coins are included.
CONDITION: Black enameled case has some dings and scratches to the finish. Paper dial appears original with some surface abrasion. Original hands. Balance wheel movement will need service. Interesting label on the back that reads: "Patented May 9th, 1905, The Progressive Mfg. Co. Sole Manufacturer, Pana, Ill. ".
ESTIMATE: $250 - $350
PRICE SOLD: $325
CIRCA: 1907
DIMENSIONS: 10.25in x 13in x 6.5in

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Lot#: 1235

DESCRIPTION: Espy Curtis & Co, Chicago, Illinois, "Curtis Egg Timer" cooking device, two spring driven timers with verge and foliot escapements, copper water vessel, two movement stands, and two egg cooking pans to accommodate six eggs total.
CONDITION: The unit is in very original condition. The movements both show signs of life, but probably need some cleaning and oiling. Nice raised lettering on the movement cases showing instructions and the company name. The hooks at the top of the posts are pulled up to the specified number, which indicates minutes. The eggs were placed in the pans and then lowered to the full length of the attached chains into the tub of boiling water. This set the timers -- complete with egg-shaped regulating weights at the end of the foliot arms -- into motion. At the end of the specified time, the chains suddenly pull the pans from the water to stop the eggs from cooking any longer. These were reportedly used in hotel rooms in conjunction with a hot plate.
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $150
CIRCA: 1915
DIMENSIONS: 20in x 12.5in x 7in

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Lot#: 1236

DESCRIPTION: Ephemera- 3 (Three) boxes of clock related art, ephemera, and collectibles including framed prints, teapots, and beer steins -- all featuring clock images. Lot includes a large collection of watch and clock related booklets, prints, periodicals, and papers. Also included in the lot is a Dino-Lite digital microscope still in its original packaging.
CONDITION: Sold "as is ".
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $250

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Lot#: 1237

DESCRIPTION: Roasting Jacks- 3 (Three): France, floor standing roasting jacks or spit engines, spring driven motors each capable of turning two spits, housed in cast and sheet iron cases with brass handles on top, one with spit and auxiliary support, c19th Century.
CONDITION: Units appear to be in good condition, though none were tested. Well-built with heavy brass gears and cut steel pinions. The largest jack comes with a spit, support stand, and winding crank. The largest has an enamel plaque that reads "H. Rivemale / Horologer / Camarès ". The smallest has cast letters on the top reading "FUF ". The third is unsigned. These roasting jacks were used within a fireplace in conjunction with a support stand. A governor fan runs in the base of each unit. Each jack has a bell that rings as the spit runs down and needs winding. Dimensions are for the largest. Sold "as is ".
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $75
DIMENSIONS: 20.5in x 11in x 9in

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Lot#: 1238

DESCRIPTION: Clockwork Fans- 5 (Five): National Enameling & Stamping Company, Baltimore, Maryland, "Fly Fan" or "Shoo Fly Fans", five spring driven fan bases with three cloth and wire blade assemblies, c1910.
CONDITION: Metal bases have oxidized surfaces. Four of the five base units will run when wound. The fifth unit may have a detached mainspring. The three fan blade assemblies will need to be conserved or restored, as the fabric is quite fragile. Linkages between the fan blades and bases appear to be missing, but a short section of metal rod of the correct diameter is all that is needed. One of the units has a decent paper label on the bottom. This model of fan does not require a key; they are wound by turning the wing nut at the top of the base unit. The National Enameling and Stamping Company (NESCO) was at one time the nation's largest tinware manufacturer. Sold "as is ".
ESTIMATE: $600 - $900
PRICE SOLD: $250
DIMENSIONS: 5in x 5in x 31.5in

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Lot#: 1239

DESCRIPTION: Mechanical Devices: 5 (Five) spring-driven devices: (1) Victor Talking Machine Company, Camden, New Jersey, portable suitcase Victrola, spring driven record player, c1925; (2) Hartford Time Switch Co., "Type B" electro-mechanical time switch, Seth Thomas marine movement in a locking cast iron case, c1915; (3) Burglar or fire alarm with Seth Thomas marine movement and electrical components in an oak case with glass door, c1910; (4) Paquet, France, "Maelzel" metronome, spring driven tempo device with audible escapement in a walnut case, c1930; (5) England, roasting jack, spring driven movement in a brass case, c1920;
CONDITION: (1) The unit is in good condition and plays 78 RPM records well. Leatherette case is slightly worn at the corners. Carrying handle will need to be added. One record is included, but it is cracked. Additional needles are included. (2) Very good condition with nice exterior paint, clean brass movement, and complete paper instructions glued inside the door. (3) Probably incomplete. Seth Thomas movement appears to be whole. (4) Excellent condition and working. (5) Cosmetically in good condition, but not tested. Dimensions are for the closed Victrola. Sold "as is ".
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $300
DIMENSIONS: 7.25in x 16.25in x 13.25in

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Lot#: 1240

DESCRIPTION: Mechanical Curiosities- 5 (Five): (1) Nagoya-Shoji, Japan, clockwork fly trap, spring driven movement with rotating drum and screened insect enclosure in a wood case, c1910; (2) Air-purifying device, spring driven movement powering a fan, enclosed in metal, c1895; (3) Paper tape or film winding device, spring driven movement in cast iron frame accepting tape approximately 0.5 inches wide, c1890; (4) J.H. Bunnell & Co., New York, film or paper tape winder, spring driven movement, accepting tape approximately 0.75 inches wide, c1910; (5) "Abe's Patent" automatic bell, spring driven movement with winding handle on the front and top-mounted bell, c1880.
CONDITION: (1) The wood case is in very good condition. Screen enclosure is complete. Glass window to attract insects is complete. A remarkable piece. (2) The device is in good condition, but may need mechanical attention. It is likely missing a decorative element over the reservoir. The patent shows a metal flower form in that location. The device uses a spring-driven motor to pass air through a sponge that rests in a fluid disinfectant or fragrance. Patent info may be found in the August 1973 issue of the NAWCC Bulletin (page 1334). (3) and (4) Units were not tested and may require service. (5) The handle is rotated to a number on the dial and the bell will strike the assigned number of times. The movement is a bit sluggish and will require cleaning. Dimensions are for the fly trap (1). Sold "as is ".
ESTIMATE: $250 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $250
DIMENSIONS: 6in x 9.5in x 9.5in

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Lot#: 1241

DESCRIPTION: Clockwork Domestic Devices- 6 (Six): (1) Christmas tree stand, spring driven music box and tree rotator, c1900; (2) Two mechanical lamps, spring driven motors power fans that enhance flame, one signed by Hitchcock, c1895; (4) Three spring driven roasting jacks, one signed by "John Linwood" and another "Salter's", c1860.
CONDITION: (1) Silver or nickel plating is almost entirely gone. Music box plays vigorously when the small knob is pulled. (2) Brass lamp includes glass chimney. The Hitchcock never had a chimney, but it is missing a piece that goes over the flame. Both are oxidized. (3) All three with tarnished cases. These jacks were used to roast meat or poultry and were hung within a fireplace crane. The clockwork mechanism is wound with a key inserted in the side of the case.
ESTIMATE: $250 - $350
PRICE SOLD: $225

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Lot#: 1242

DESCRIPTION: Antiques- 10 (Ten) Bayonets: assortment of knife bayonets, most vintage, all with scabbards and a few with associated belt frogs. Countries of origin include Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and others.
CONDITION: most are dirty and show significant signs of use, suggesting that they were military surplus. The reproduction 1943 WW II M1 carbine bayonet is in its original packaging. Sold "as is ".
ESTIMATE: $200 - $400
PRICE SOLD: $250

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