AUCTION : 1019

Lots 404 - 418: Music Boxes, Singing Bird & Whistlers

Lot#: 404

DESCRIPTION: F.G. Otto & Sons, Jersey City, N.J., a "Criterion" 20 1/2 inch standing music box, the oak case with molded, paneled disc cabinet, turned columns and side doors below the music box case, with panelled sides, glazed door with turned columns, and molded cornice with pressed ornament, the top with scroll and shell carved crest, the two comb, spring driven mechanism playing 20 1/2 inch discs, 30 included
CONDITION: case refinished, and with added casters, minor dents and dings, minor losses to some edges and corners, upper door with poorly repaired breaks and some replaced molding, crest replaced, no broken teeth
ESTIMATE: $4000 - $6000
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 81in x 30.25in x 18in

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Lot#: 405

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, a large, mid 19th century interchangeable orchestral cylinder music box on matching base, the base with canted corners, cabriole legs, and two drawers holding up to ten cylinders, the base and the box with matched burl walnut veneers, inlaid cross grained tulipwood banding with ebony and holly borders, ebonized moldings, and cast brass drawer pulls and carrying handles, the lid opening to reveal a similarly veneered and inlaid underside, the movement with combs, drum, castanet, bells, and reed organ, beneath a double hinged, glazed and inlaid frame with oil on board scene, which when fully open reveals the percussion and seven engraved bells, three with bird finials, and all played by bees, the six cylinders each playing six tunes, their drive discs and knobs with faux engine turned edges
CONDITION: finish on base with some cloudiness and separation from substrate, checking and minor blisters/ lifting, inlays and veneers with significant restoration, escutcheon missing from music box and bottom drawer, music box refinished, some repainting of interior and exterior ebonized surfaces, handles polished and with rouge residue, painting on inner cover with wrinkles and minor dirt, movement clean, all but reed organ playing, bellows are being driven, but likely leaking, will require restoration and adjustment, cylinders in good condition
ESTIMATE: $4000 - $6000
CIRCA: 1865
DIMENSIONS: 40in x 48.25in x 33.5in

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Lot#: 406

DESCRIPTION: F.G. Otto & Sons, a "Criterion" 20 1/2 inch disc music box with cabinet base, dark oak case with molded base and top, recessed faux panel, simple vine and foliate carving, and canted corners, resting on a purpose made, conforming cabinet base with two paneled doors, panelled sides and back, on casters, the mechanism with two combs, and framed lithograph on underside of lid, playing 20 1/2 inch discs, 30 included
CONDITION: case refinished, base later and with a few minor dings and scrapes, music box base molding with bead removed, faux panel and carving later additions, lithograph inside lid with minor staining, creasing and losses, lid support on left side missing, no broken teeth
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
CIRCA: 1900
DIMENSIONS: 45in x 30.75in x 27.5in

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Lot#: 407

DESCRIPTION: Regina Music Box Co., Rahway, New Jersey, a style 10, 15 1/2" disc music box, the oak case with scroll ornamented feet below a leaf and dart molded base, the corners with baluster form columns flanking horizontal molded panels, the stepped molded lid with acanthus carving, incised scroll carving with stippled ground, and bead molded top, the inside of the cover with lithograph featuring children in 18th century costume, and well containing the movement and combs
CONDITION: case in an old finish, with minor dings and losses, sides with six missing vertical moldings, the other with misaligned moldings, case top with some dark staining, lithograph good, movement bedplate with verdigris and corrosion, comb with one broken tooth
ESTIMATE: $1700 - $2200
DIMENSIONS: 11.5in x 21.625in x 19.5in

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Lot#: 408

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, a late 19th century 12 air cylinder music box, ebonized case with Brazilian rosewood veneer, tulipwood cross banding and light wood line inlay, the center of the top with inlaid marquetry musical trophy, inside of lid with birds eye figured veneer panel and large lithographed tune card, movement with 13", 12 tune cylinder with 6 bell accompaniment and glazed cover, 62 tooth comb, gilt bed plate
CONDITION: case refinished and with restoration, pores of wood not filled, top with waves, rear right foot split, loose piece is with music box, inside of lid with minor unevenness and checking, birds eye veneer panel probably replaced, glazed cover for movement missing support tabs at front, movement clean and working, bell hammers will need adjustment and repair as they only work intermittently, tune indicator needs return spring, Geneva stops missing
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 12in x 14.25in x 24.75in

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Lot#: 409

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, a good 19th century six air music box, the case with rounded corners, slightly domed top, and burl walnut veneer, inlaid with cross grained tulipwood banding with holly border, and framed with rosewood crossbanding, the base with ebonized feet and molding, the top also with an ebonized edge, and ebonized interior with light wood stringing, tune card on underside of lid, and movement protected by a glazed, hinged frame, 13", three inch diameter cylinder, and one piece steel comb
CONDITION: ebonized surfaces now painted black, significant replacements to rosewood banding, case poorly refinished, the grain painted back with losses and poor restoration, tune card with staining and significant losses, now glued to another card in an attempt to stabilize the remnants, and with black overspray, glass cracked, movement and cylinder fairly clean, box plays well, but needs damping
ESTIMATE: $600 - $900
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 9in x 25in x 12in

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Lot#: 410

DESCRIPTION: W. F. Abbott & Co., Montreal, Canada, Mechanical Orguinette 14-note reed organ.
CONDITION: Walnut case in nice condition for its age has most of its gold stenciling intact. There is a repair to the side piece on the top cover box. This reed organette plays a continuous loop or paper strip. There is a set operating instructions on the underside.
ESTIMATE: $150 - $250
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 7.75in x 11.75in x 14.5in

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Lot#: 411

DESCRIPTION: Autophone Co., Ithaca, New York, "Concert Roller Organ", a hand operated organ using pinned rollers or "cobs" to actuate the valves that plays the tune based on how the roller is pinned. Over 1,200 titles were available.
CONDITION: Oak case in an original finish still has the applied stenciled name on the lid. Some scattered loss on the base molding. Organ is in playing condition. It comes with twelve additional rollers.
ESTIMATE: $200 - $300
CIRCA: 1908
DIMENSIONS: 12.5in x 18in x 15in

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Lot#: 412

DESCRIPTION: Attributed to Karl Griesbaum, an unusual carved wood and ivory drunkard and lamp post whistler, rectangular wooden base with canted corners supporting a turned ivory lamp post, which in turn supports the carefree drunkard, his carved attire with ivory buttons, and holes exposing an ivory toe and knee, his right hand in his pocket with the ivory flask, his left arm around the post and with exposed ivory hand, his head also in ivory, with puffy cheeks, puckered lips, prominent nose and raised left eyebrow, and sporting his often crushed top hat, the movement concealed within his body, whistling "For he's a jolly good fellow" and moving the head from side to side, the batteries for the lamp contained in the base
CONDITION: bottom of base replaced, modern C cell holder attached to inside of compartment, surface with a few tiny specks of paint, ivory components good, with checking, splits and discoloration consistent with age, lamp post with short turned section replaced with painted wood, lamp not working, whistler movement working very well, with good tone and motion
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
CIRCA: 1935
DIMENSIONS: 18in x 5.25in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 413

DESCRIPTION: Attributed to Karl Griesbaum, a mid 20th century standing whistler of wood with carved bone components, his clothing with bone buttons, and holes exposing a bone toe, knee, and elbow, his right hand behind and leaning on a cane, his left bent at the elbow, the bone hand with thumb behind the lapel displaying a carved bone flower, his head also of bone, with pursed lips and squinting eyes, and crowned with a carved fedora, the mechanism concealed in his body, whistling a tune and moving his head from side to side when activated
CONDITION: figure with accumulated dust and dirt, panel concealing movement replaced, movement very dirty, oily, bellows recovered, works well when fully wound, needs service
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1800
CIRCA: 1950
DIMENSIONS: 14.25in x 3.5in x 3.5in

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Lot#: 414

DESCRIPTION: France, a good singing bird automata clock possibly by Bontems, the ebonized, molded base concealing the mechanism and supporting a papier mache landscape with tree, birds and waterfall, a blue bird at the tree base bobbing up and down as if drinking from the waterfall simulated by a rotating, twisted glass rod, the tree with a hummingbird just above the lowest foliage, nervously twitching and alternately jumping from a branch at the right and then to the left, the tree top with a larger bird watching over the scene, roman numeral white enamel dial with beaded bezel and Breguet style hands embedded in the rockwork to the left of the waterfall, Japy Freres 8 day pendule de Paris movement sounding the hours and half hour on a bell, all under an oval glass dome
CONDITION: dirty, base with splits, papier mache in good condition and retaining its original paint, the birds with minor losses to feathers, glass rod intact, dial with hairlines, bezel painted gold, movement dirty, ticks and strikes, needs service, movement driving automata very dirty and oily, all motions functional, hummingbird action needs adjustment, rods for starting/ stopping individual actions not functional, bellows and whistle working, dome good
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
CIRCA: 1870
DIMENSIONS: 24in x 18in x 8.5in

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Lot#: 415

DESCRIPTION: France, violin playing "Monkey Marquis" automaton clock, ebonized, the oval, molded wooden base concealing the movement and music box, and supporting a papier mache landscape with seated monkey in original costume and powdered wig, playing a violin, and moving his mouth and head with the music, an overhanging tree to the right, and a rockwork mound to the left mounted with a beaded bezel surrounding an enamel dial with deep blue chapter ring and paillon bordered reserves with blue roman numerals, the center with polychrome floral wreath, and Japy Freres 8 day two train pendule de Paris movement sounding the hours and half hour on a bell
CONDITION: dirty, base repainted, papier mache landscape in original paint, ground cover foliage with losses, automaton movement running, but his motions are slight, and will need adjustment, music box dirty, plays well, bezel lacking gilding, dial with scratch at center, hands lacking gilding, movement dirty, ticks and strikes, needs service, pendulum missing, dome missing
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 17.5in x 16.5in x 8.5in

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Lot#: 416

DESCRIPTION: Germany, probably Karl Griesbaum, singing bird box, the gilt brass case top with ornate filigree applique, the front with slide for activating the bird, appearing from beneath the oval paterae ornamented cover when summoned and performing his song and dance
CONDITION: minor wear to gilding, minor, scattered spotting on back, bird fully feathered, working well when fully wound, would benefit from service
ESTIMATE: $900 - $1300
CIRCA: 20th century
DIMENSIONS: 1.75in x 4in x 2.75in

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Lot#: 417

DESCRIPTION: Switzerland, a piano form musical jewelry box with enamel ornament, the gilt case sides with repeating Grecian ornament, fall board with engraved, scrolling foliage, the top with romantic scene depicting a couple in a landscape, the keyboard also rendered in enamel, and with landscape scene featuring three figures, the two tune box playing upon opening the lid
CONDITION: box very good overall with minor wear to gilding, lid support broken off of its hinge, lining with wear and minor tear at one corner, not running, mainspring detached or broken, stop work finger bent, movement dirty, train runs and will play if the cylinder is rotated manually
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
CIRCA: 20th century
DIMENSIONS: 3.25in x 4.5in x 7in

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Lot#: 418

DESCRIPTION: France, singing bird cage with two birds, the turned, gilt base on compressed ball feet, with ring of foliate ornament, incurved sides, and molded top, domed wire cage with foliate embossed metal bands and top with ring for hanging, containing a pair of feathered songbirds, flicking their tails, moving their heads and beaks and appearing to sing, all actions animated by a movement concealed in the base, the bottom marked "France"
CONDITION: working, movement very dirty, base now painted gold, with minor cracks and some losses to gesso, cage components with tarnish, cage not centered on base, birds dirty, but retain much of their original plumage, actions of the smaller bird good, the larger bird not moving as vigorously, needs service and adjustment
ESTIMATE: $300 - $500
CIRCA: 1910
DIMENSIONS: 21in x 11.5in x

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