AUCTION : 1018

Lots 691 - 709: Music Boxes and Bird Boxes

Lot#: 691

DESCRIPTION: Polyphon Musikwereke, Leipzig, Germany, "Polyphon Orchestrion II" or "Polyphon Rossini" Upright Music Box, piano with drum and trap effects model, coin operated, weight driven, playing 73 note cylinder rolls containing 3 tunes each, in a mahogany case with reverse painted frosted glass doors above and cabinet with two doors below resting on four casters
CONDITION: the case retains its original finish. There are chips and roughness all along the edges of the upper left cornice and lowest molding. Three pieces of dentil molding surrounding the top are damaged. The molding below upper cabinet has two areas near rear that are damaged on each side. The rear right caster has some water damage above where it is anchored. Includes three rolls, all with tears and four pulleys to carry the weight, which is not included. The fabulous reverse painted glasses are in good condition with one scratch. The box could not be tested for function without the weight. For reference please see pages 164- 167 in the "Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments" by David Bowers.
ESTIMATE: $8000 - $10000
PRICE SOLD: $4000
CIRCA: 1905
DIMENSIONS: 89in x 46.75in x 30in

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Lot#: 692

DESCRIPTION: Mira Floor Standing Music Box by Mermod Frères, Ste-Croix, Switzerland, playing 18" discs on a double comb movement with two sliding dampers in a mahogany case decorated with tinted gold and silver leaf foliate transfers, with brass handles over two doors with storage for discs, all resting on slipper feet
CONDITION: the box sounds excellent. All teeth on comb are intact. There 24 discs accompanying the box. Some of the beading around edge where doors close is absent. top with Old English scratch repairs. The case retains its original finish.
ESTIMATE: $3500 - $4500
PRICE SOLD: $4500
CIRCA: 1905
DIMENSIONS: 42in x 30in x 23in

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Lot#: 693

DESCRIPTION: Regina Musical Box Co., Rahway, N.J., "Style 11A" 15.5 inch double comb music box with 10 discs, oak case with stepped ogee base and locking drawer, rope molding, stepped, molded lid, the inside with music-themed Regina lithograph including a custom made oak cabinet to support box and store discs (45 included)
CONDITION: the case retains an old finish with some scratches and scuffs on top and along edges. The winding crank is a replacement and the key to music box lid is absent. The movement is dirty but the box plays well and there are no broken teeth. There are 45 discs included. Dimensions of cabinet are 24.5in x 22in x 33.5in.
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
PRICE SOLD: $1100
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 11in x 21.25in x 19in

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Lot#: 694

DESCRIPTION: B.A. Bremond, Geneva, Switzerland, 5 tunes with a 17 inch cylinder playing on a three-piece comb using two mainsprings in a dark hardwood case with paper tune card under the lid and engraved tune card within the box, paper label with operating instructions in French, and a handwritten bill for the sale or upgrade of the machine signed by B.A. Bremond, serial number 18216
CONDITION: The movement is a bit dull and dirty, but the box sounds very good. The dark wood case has some small areas of finish loss on the lid, edges, and corners. There are two broken teeth. The lid has a 4 inch crack starting on one end. The bill included with the lot is on B.A. Bremond letterhead and is dated 1880. The bill was address to Mr. Henry C. Gibson in Philadelphia who was presumably its first owner. Gibson was a businessman, distiller, philanthropist, and art collector. His collection of American sculpture and European paintings was given to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts after his death in 1891.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $2400
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 10.5in x 32in x 16in

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Lot#: 695

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, music box, playing 12 tunes with a 9.25 inch cylinder playing on a one piece comb with 44 teeth and five tuned bells, all mounted in a rosewood veneered box with string inlay on the front and top
CONDITION: The box is in good condition. It has some scratches in the wood on the top and bottom of the lid and may have been refinished some time ago. It is missing a small piece of molding on the back left corner. The movement looks fairly clean and the tunes change as they should. The bells and hammers have nice polychrome flower and butterfly ornaments. No tune card under the lid. No key for lid lock.
ESTIMATE: $1500 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $900
CIRCA: Early 20th Century
DIMENSIONS: 12in x 22in x 13in

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Lot#: 696

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, music box, playing 8 tunes with a 12 inch cylinder playing on a two-piece comb with 92 teeth and six tuned bells, mounted in a box with rosewood veneered top with marquetry scrolls, a striped shield and 13 Mother of Pearl stars, the front with string inlay, original tune card mounted under the lid listing the patriotic themed songs.
CONDITION: The case is in very good condition with some very minor scuffs along the corners and edges. Very clean movement. Four comb teeth look to have been repaired in the past.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1000
PRICE SOLD: $1300
DIMENSIONS: 8in x 22in x 10.5in

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Lot#: 697

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland for Heeren Bros. & Co., Pittsburgh, Penn., "Ideal Excelsior" interchangeable cylinder music box, 6 tunes using a 9 inch cylinder playing on a one piece comb with 60 teeth, mechanism with Jacot's safety check and speed control in a lidded oak case with molded base and top, applied oak ornament on the front, and retailer label under lid. The lot comes with four 9 inch cylinders which come in a matching oak case.
CONDITION: The two wood cases are in excellent condition and were probably restored in the past. The cylinder storage box lid has a long seam where a glue joint is located. The nickel plated movement and cylinders are clean and bright. The nickel plate has worn off of the plaque with patented dates on one edge. Retailer label is a bit faded. Comb is stamped with "ST" or "TS" trademark.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $1300
CIRCA: 1895
DIMENSIONS: 9.5in x 24in x 11.5in

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Lot#: 698

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, music box, 8 tunes playing with a 13 inch cylinder on a one piece comb having 92 teeth in a hardwood case with inlay on the sides and front, the top marquetry with floral motif, original tune card mounted inside the lid listing airs
CONDITION: The case is in very good condition and may have had a new coat of clear applied at some point. The back side of the case has a minor blemish in the wood. Inside of the lid has been lacquered in black and looks quite good. Movement appears to be very clean. Three of the comb teeth have been repaired.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $750
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 6in x 22.5in x 8.5in

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Lot#: 699

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, music box, playing 10 tunes with a 11 inch cylinder on a comb with 62 teeth in a grain painted wood case having a rosewood top with tinted inlay with musical trophy motif.
CONDITION: The case in is in very good overall condition with some small scratches and wear at the edges and top. Decoration on the front is mostly worn off. The Music box plays when wound and changes to the next tune as it should. Label inside lid is new and no song titles are listed. Barrel cap is dented and barrel teeth are a little worn from the click. One tooth has been dovetailed back in. Nickel plated movement.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $300
DIMENSIONS: 8in x 25.5in x 11in

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Lot#: 700

DESCRIPTION: Phonographs- 2 (Two) Thomas A. Edison, Orange, NJ, Edison cylinder phonographs in lidded oak cases with black tin "witch's hat" brass end horns.
CONDITION: cases with original finishes and some scratches and minor veneer loss. The example with the taller base is c.1905 and the shorter base one c.1910. Large horn has many scratches to black paint. Small opening of large horn is bent out-of-round.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $450
CIRCA: 1905/1910
DIMENSIONS: 12in x 12.5in x 9in

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Lot#: 701

DESCRIPTION: Karl Griesbaum, Triberg, Germany, "Surgeon" whistling figure, spring driven brass movement powering air bellows, a cam-driven slide whistle, and swinging head motion, all within a hand carved wooden figure depicting a bespectacled man in a long coat holding knife in one hand while whistling a tune.
CONDITION: figure is in very good condition. Some of the pigments may have faded. The movement runs when wound and triggered, turning the head and pumping the bellows. The bellows have dried out and will need to be restored. The spring-driven brass movement is signed below the belows with the Griesbaum trademark. A rare model with a lot of character.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
PRICE SOLD: $1400
CIRCA: 1925
DIMENSIONS: 13in x 4in x 4in

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Lot#: 702

DESCRIPTION: Karl Griesbaum, Triberg, Germany, whistling gentleman, spring driven brass movement powering bellows, slide whistle, and turning head motion, enclosed in hand carved wooden figure depicting a man wearing an bowler hat and bow tie with his hands in his pockets as he whistles a tune.
CONDITION: the carved wood figure is in good condition. The movement starts when the switch on the back is depressed. The cam follower for the head movement will need to be adjusted. Movement is oily. Bellows will need to be restored. Movement is signed behind the bellows.
ESTIMATE: $400 - $600
PRICE SOLD: $300
CIRCA: 1935
DIMENSIONS: 13.25in x 4in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 703

DESCRIPTION: Karl Griesbaum, Triberg, Germany, "Drunkard" whistling figure, spring driven brass movement driving bellows, cam-controlled whistle, and head-turning motion enclosed in hand carved wooden figure depicting an intoxicated man wearing an askew bowler hat who leans on a lamp post for support as he whistles a tune.
CONDITION: Carved figure is in good condition. There is a small hole on the figure's right side where they carved too deeply. Some of the original pigment has been polished off of his coat and the lamp post and there are some spatters of a dark liquid on the figure's midsection. Battery compartment door on the bottom of the figure is absent. Original lamp socket, wiring, and battery holders. Glass in lamp shade may not be original. Movement is signed behind the bellows. Movement is active when wound, pumping the bellows, moving the slide whistle, and turning the figure's head. Movement is oily and dirty. Bellows will need to be restored.
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
PRICE SOLD: $250
CIRCA: 1930
DIMENSIONS: 18in x 4.75in x 3.5

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Lot#: 704

DESCRIPTION: Karl Griesbaum, Triberg, Germany, "Drunkard" whistling figure, spring driven brass movement powering a bellows, a cam-driven slide whistle, and head turn motion, enclosed within a hand carved wooden figure of a man in a top hat leaning on a small working clock, a bottle tucked in his hip pocket.
CONDITION: The figure is in good condition. There are small losses of paint on the front of the leg and corners of the ascot. The door covering the movement has a different finish than the figure so may be a replacement. The base of the figure and movement are signed with the Griesbaum bird trademark. The movement runs when triggered, the head turning and the bellows pumping. The bellows will need to be restored. The small novelty clock movement also runs when wound.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $850
CIRCA: 1935
DIMENSIONS: 14.75in x 6.25in x 3in

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Lot#: 705

DESCRIPTION: Karl Griesbaum, Triberg, Germany, "Father Christmas" whistling figure, spring driven brass movement driving air bellows, a slide whistle, and head motion, all enclosed in hand carved wooden figure depicting a bearded man carrying a sack over his shoulder, a German wall clock under his other arm, with packages and an elf in the pockets of his long coat.
CONDITION: The figure is in good condition. Whatever he once held in his right hand is now missing. The pendulum for small novelty clock is absent, but easily replaced. The movement works, but the trigger lever will need to be secured better. The bellows material has been replaced. The whistling is breathy and faint. Head moves. The movement is likely signed behind the bellows, but it is difficult to tell for sure. An uncommon model.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $1200
CIRCA: 1930
DIMENSIONS: 13in x 4in x 4in

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Lot#: 706

DESCRIPTION: Karl Griesbaum, Triberg, Germany, gentleman whistling figure, spring driven brass movement powering air bellows, slide whistle, and turning head motion, hidden within a hand carved wooden figure depicting a black man in a light colored suit, straw hat in hand, whistling a tune.
CONDITION: The nicely carved figure is in very good condition. A a corner was cut out of the rear of the base for unknown reasons. The signed Griesbaum movement is not running, but appears complete. Movement is loose within the figure.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $800
CIRCA: 1935
DIMENSIONS: 12.5in x 4in x 3in

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Lot#: 707

DESCRIPTION: Whistlers- 2 (Two): Karl Griesbaum, Triberg, Germany, carved "Hobo" or "Drunkard" whistling figures, spring driven brass movements driving bellows with cam-controlled whistle and head-turning animation enclosed in hand carved figures depicting inebriated men in bowler hats leaning on lamp posts.
CONDITION: (1) Original battery powered lamp has been removed and wired with a modern plug-in bulb socket. The movement on this figure has a detached or broken mainspring. The bellows will need to be replaced. Solder from an old repair is evident on head-turn bell crank. The movement is not signed, but is stamped "Germany" and is typical of later Griesbaum figures when the company started to stamp their trademark on the bottom of the base. The base bottom is absent. The carved figure is in good condition. (2) Figure with original lamp will need to have the bellows restored. Movement shows signs of life including head motion. The movement is signed behind the bellows. The top of the lamp will need to be reattached properly. The bottom of wood base is absent. The carved figure is in good condition. These figures are worthy of restoration. Dimensions are for the figure with red glass lamp. Sold "as is ".
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $275
CIRCA: 1950
DIMENSIONS: 17.5in x 4.5in x 4.25in

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Lot#: 708

DESCRIPTION: France, singing bird automaton, spring driven movement powers birdsong, as well as head, beak and tail feather motions, mounted on a gilt wood base with fluted canted corners and applied floral ornaments, the bird enclosed in a wire cage with velvet lined base and simulated flowers.
CONDITION: The feathers on the bird are present though they are very dirty. The tail feathers that move are in some disarray. Velvet on base is dusty and worn. Brass cage has a very dark patina. The gilding has worn off of the high spots on the wood base. The leaves, flowers, and berries around the bird's perch are incomplete. The bellows have been restored in recent times and look sound. The motor runs vigorously, but the bird does not sing as it should so an air leak will have to be located. Head and beak motions function, but some of the tail feathers may be inhibiting the full action. The unsigned movement is stamped only with "63 ". It is quite possible that this piece is Swiss or German. The latter is especially likely because when some of the French firms closed, they sold their tooling to German companies who continued production of existing French models.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $800
PRICE SOLD: $300
CIRCA: early 20th Century
DIMENSIONS: 10in x 6.5in x 5.25in

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Lot#: 709

DESCRIPTION: Karl Griesbaum, Germany, an enamelled silver singing bird box, the case with rectilinear panels decorated in blue, black, green and white enamels, the top in blue guilloche enamel with narrow black enamel border, the oval cover decorated with polychrome enamel flowers, and with green and black enamel border, opening to reveal a small, colorful bird, performing a short song and dance prior to disappearing beneath the cover, with key.
CONDITION: small chips in black enamel border around top, working, the bird's voice a bit weak, may need bellows work, bird disappears just before the singing ends.
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $4000
PRICE SOLD: $3800
DIMENSIONS: 1.875in x 4in x 2.5in

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