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.

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4 lots tagged Sight & Sound - Mechanical Music have been catalogued for this auction



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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

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Symphonion Disc Music Box
the Symphonion brand was the main rival to Polyphon, and this was the finest table top model they produced. Two combs playing 13-5/8th discs in true 'sublime harmony', in a highly ornate inlaid and carved walnut case, with image on glass to inside of lid. This wonderful piece was recently discovered stored away in a cottage on the Thorsby Hall Estate in Nottinghamshire. The box it was packed away in had several war coupons and other bits indicating it had probably been last played over 70 years ago! In overall very good condition, no missing teeth, but would benefit from a service and attention to the lead tuners to play to it's full potential, as some of the notes are a little 'dead' - but we can put the buyer in touch with professional restorers. Complete with 10 discs
Size approx: 22 inches (55.9 cm) Wide  by 12 inches (30.5 cm) High  by 18 inches (45.7 cm) Deep

83

Britannia Coin Operated Upright Disc Music Box
taking 9" discs, with clock pediment, in original unrestored condition but appears to be all complete except for piece of glass in the motor cover, one foot, and the winding handle. No broken teeth on the double combs. 27 discs included
Size approx: 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) Wide  by 28 inches (71.1 cm) High

311

Large Coin-Operated Spring Motor from Barrel Piano
working order, could be used to power a working model or similar

Quick Price Guide - some recent similar items we sold :

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£5
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£700
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£950
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£35
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£1,900
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£320
in November 2016





Very Rare Herophon Organette

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£700
in October 2016

5 x Regina Upright Coin-Op Music Box Discs - 27 Inch

sold for
£40
in April 2016

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in November 2015

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£40
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