Vintage Amusements ~ Sunday 18th November 2018

Viewing: morning of sale from 10:00am
Sale Commences: 1:00 pm at the Elephant House (full address and map is on the contact page.)

Terms: Payment by CASH or DEBIT card (NOT credit card) only. Standard conditions of sale here.

PRINT A CATALOGUE:
Please note that to keep our charges as low as possible, we do not produce printed catalogues. If you'd like a catalogue for use in the auction room, you need to print one off here:
PDF catalogue: Basic black & white listing
or go wild with the Colour picture catalogue (uses more paper/ink)

9 lots tagged Other - Automata & Animations have been catalogued for this auction



48





Very Rare Bontems Double Bird & 2 Chicks in Nest Penny Operated Singing Birds Automaton
C.1900. This is the rarest and most desirable of all the singing bird automata and one of only 3 known coin operated examples. Restored by a leading specialist in Belguim in 2012. Likely the only chance you'll ever have to acquire this model.
Size approx: 10 inches (25.4 cm) Wide  by 23 inches (58.4 cm) High  by 10 inches (25.4 cm) Deep

49





Artist & Model Musical Automaton under Glass Dome
created by Walter Dahler in his Swiss workshop, this unique and exquisite piece was commissioned around 20 years ago by the late Daphne Ladell for her renowned collection. Following Daphne's recent passing, her collection has been sold to discerning collectors worldwide. All of Dahler's pieces are unique creations, beautifully detailed and hand made. A similar commission today would cost around 5000-7000 euros - assuming you could get on the waiting list! The figures in this delightful piece are made of bisque porcelain, inspired and made in the same meticulouos fashion as 19th century originals of Vichy, Lambert etc., which command very high prices today. In operation the artist keenly watches the dancing girl as he paints her picture. The painting he is working on is a real miniature oil painting, such is the outstanding attention to every detail of this automaton. The recently serviced music box play two tunes alternately. A rare opportunity to acquire a Walter Dahler automaton, being a charming fun piece to enjoy and surely a great investment for the future.
Size approx: 17 inches (43.2 cm) Wide  by 18 inches (45.7 cm) High

50





Rare Roullet & Decamps Window Tapper Automaton
details & video soon
Size approx: 24 inches (61 cm) High

51





Very Rare mid 19th Century Clockwork Cobbler Automaton
an early shop window display, probably mid-Victorian. The clockwork mechanism causes his head to gently bob whilst he uses his hammer. Underside there is an old auction label for James O'Rourke of Carrigallen, stating it was sold as an antique item way back in 1922, where it sold for 12 shillings and sixpence.
Size approx: 21 inches (53.3 cm) High

52





1946 Unitas Breakfast Oats Advertising Monkey Automaton
details & video soon
Size approx: 18 inches (45.7 cm) Wide  by 21 inches (53.3 cm) High

243

Elvis Fish
animated novelty singing Dont Be Cruel and All Shook Up.

Uh huh.

295





Cowboy Automaton
working order, with low voltage transformer
Size approx: 37 inches (94 cm) High

296

Rare Mr Ballito (Stockings) Shop Automaton
large 1950s / early 60s electrically operated animated figure with added sound from a built in 8-track audio system (8 tracks were introduced in 1964). Mechanism seems a little stiff, particulary his eyes, so could do with a good tinker to get him owrking properly, but is all complete.
Size approx: 47 inches (119.4 cm) High

297





Can Can Girl Automaton
used to travel with the wonderful 89 key Marenghi/Gavioli fairground organ previously owned by Malcolm Reeder. Life size, works off of 240v, lifts her skirt and moves her head back and forth, real attention grabber!
Size approx: 57 inches (144.8 cm) High

Quick Price Guide - some recent similar items we sold :

Note: maximum of 20 items shown. Click on photos to view more details. To see all items like this we have sold, go to our Results page.

Rare Witch Automaton

sold for
£40
in November 2017

Rare Speaking Book

sold for
£50
in November 2017

Battery Operated Bubble Blowing Clown Automaton

sold for
£35
in November 2017

2 x Battery Operated Cymbal Playing Monkeys

sold for
£15
in November 2017

Rare Tea Drinking Monkey Shop Display Automata

sold for
£90
in October 2017

Shop Display Automaton Figure

sold for
£100
in October 2017

Baker / Pastry Chef Shop Display Automaton

sold for
£180
in October 2017

Set of 3 Automated Figures

sold for
£340
in October 2017

Outstanding Rare Blackforest Musical Automaton Table Clock

sold for
£700
in September 2017





Very Rare Bontems Triple Singing Birds Automaton

sold for
£3,700
in August 2017





Victorian Musical Rocking Ship Automaton

sold for
£800
in August 2017





Reuge Singing Birds

sold for
£950
in July 2017

Old Woman in Chair – Part of Automated Display

sold for
£35
in June 2017

Automated Clown Figure

sold for
£47
in September 2016

Vintage Bakers Shop Automata

sold for
£300
in September 2016

Animated Inflating Clown

sold for
£130
in July 2016

Animated Advertising Display Figure

sold for
£220
in June 2016





Coin-Operated Singing Bird Automata

sold for
£1,970
in May 2016

Cast Iron Clockwork Animation of Skeleton Sawing Head Off Victim

sold for
£100
in October 2015

Rare Tea Drinking Monkey Shop Display Automata

sold for
£420
in June 2015