The 541-lot auction has a start time of 9 am Eastern time, with Internet bidding available on the Miller & Miller website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com), as well as LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The categories include gramophones, toys, banks, clocks, pocket watches, tools, music machines, vintage radios and railroad memorabilia.
This sale features four old-world collections with one common thread: each is mechanical in nature, said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. The Weggler and Peel collections include some of Canadas best, oldest music machines and gramophones from the Edison era.
Miller added, The Tanenbaum collection is a collection of Lehmann toys and mechanical banks that was fifty years in the making. The Loveday collection boasts a choice lineup of Pequegnat Clocks and cash registers. These collections are all things mechanical and are market fresh.
The Edison Class M cylinder phonograph was initially intended for business dictation but in time entertainment became its primary role. It comes with a “Standard” reproducer and one listening tube (but no battery). The phonograph was sold by Holland Bros., Ottawa, sole importer for Canada and was made in America. Its expected to hit $10,000-$15,000.
All estimates in this report are in Canadian dollars.
The J. & E. Stevens mechanical bank is exceedingly rare and depicts reliefs of Robert E. Pearys 1909 expedition to reach the North Pole. Users push the flag down, insert a coin into the slot and press forward. The painted cast iron bank shows very little wear and is in good working order. It was made in the U.S. and was patented on July 26, 1910. It carries an estimate of $6,500-$9,000.
The Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox (known as the One More Time or OMT jukebox) is a replica, not an original. It was made in Germany around 1990 and has been updated to play 45 rpm records (up to 50 can be stored). Boasting multi-color lights, bubble tubes and gleaming chrome on the nostalgic exterior, the jukebox is expected to hammer for $4,000-$6,000.
The Rock-Ola Tempo II Model 1478 jukebox is indeed original (made in America circa 1960) and should finish at $3,500-$5,000. Its nicknamed the Windshield because it was designed to look like the cars of the era, with big fins and a windshield. The jukebox is in good working order (mono only) and plays up to 120 selections of 45 rpm records.
While this is an Internet-only auction, with no in-person event to attend, bidders can tune in to the live webcast on March 19th, to watch the lots close in real time. Here is a link to the sale: https://live.millerandmillerauctions.com/auctions/4-4H8S0R/music-machines-toys-advertising.
To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the auction on March 19th, please visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.