This Princess Doraldina coin-op fortune teller machine, made circa 1928 by Michael Munves, is expected to the lead the upcoming Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, set for Sept. 13. It carries a $12,000 to $15,000 presale estimate.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A coin-operated a Princess Doraldina 5-cent fortune teller machine, displaying a life size gypsy woman in a large wood booth with glass front, is expected to vie for the top-selling lot in an auction of some 350 lots of coin-op, musical items, toys, advertising, country store, banks, arcade and gaming collectibles will come up for bid on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.
Ensconced behind her protective glass, Princess Doraldina turns her head and moves her hand over a row of fortune telling cards before issuing a card with the vender’s fortune. Made circa 1928 by Mike Munves, it is expected to realize between $12,000 and $15,000 at the auction, which will be held at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. The auction will start at 11 a.m. Eastern time. The full catalog is online now at the Fontaine’s Auction Gallery website.
Among the most notable fresh-to-the-market merchandise includes rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs, jukeboxes, automatons, slot machines, doorstops, arcade games, vending and soda machines, trade stimulators, tin litho, baseball items, display cases, signs, posters, many historical and political items and more. There will be something for nearly everybody and at all price points.
Another strong candidate for top lot of the sale is a Cretors & Co. (Chicago) Model D popcorn wagon with driver’s seat (est. $10,000 to $15,000). The 12-foot, 8-inch-long (by 9 feet, 2 inches tall) wagon has an entrance door on the left side with lift-up serving window, fancy gold and silver leaf display handles, large iron-spoked wheels with rubber tires, and an awning top with steam vents.
A Wonder Talking Machine Company phonograph titled the “Double Bell Wonder” in a perfect original finish oak case in good working condition, complete with instruction booklet and two “Wonder Records,” is expected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000, while a Buckley Mfg. Co. 5-cent Starburst Crane Digger machine—circa 1934 and in working condition—should realize $5,000-$7,000, and a box of 46 gramophone records for E. Berliner gramophones, ranging from polkas to marching songs, should hit $3,000 to $5,000.
Regina is a name coveted by music collectors, and this auction has several examples, to include a Regina 27-inch automatic changer upright music box, still emitting bold vibrant sound, with 12 discs (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a Regina coin-op bell box (style 216), playing 15 ½-inch discs, housed in an oak case with rope twist trim and coin slide in the front (est. $5,000-$7,500).
A pair of carousel animals, from the original Dentzel & Charles I.D. Looff Coney Island carousel—one a camel, the other a giraffe—are estimated to sell for $8,000 to $12,000 each. Both animals have glass eyes, beautiful original finish and curved saddles and both are in very good condition. The giraffe is tall—64 ½ inches—while the camel is 46 ¼ inches. Both are circa 1895-1910.
A monumental Symphonion musical grandfather clock (style No. 30-ST), with the music box built into the body of the tall walnut case measuring 92 ½ inches, complete with 26 discs, is expected to bring $7,000-$9,000. Just as impressive is a Steinway & Sons grand piano in a mahogany case with the original finish (serial #227366), made in 1931 (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Cigar store figures are another sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Sold will be a Turk tobacconist standing carved figure of an Arabian man wearing a turban, long colorful garments and pointed shoes, in the original paint, 38 inches tall (est. $7,500-$12,500). Also offered will be a Lord Lonsdale British championship boxing belt from 1914, made of silver and hand-tooled leather (est. $8,000-$12,000).
A Jules Steiner (Paris) French bisque head bebe doll, signed on the head by the maker, 31 inches tall, in nice condition with fixed glass eyes and a fully articulated composition body, has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000to $5,000, as does an Emile Guillemin (Fr., 1841-1907) cold painted figural bust of a young black boy wearing a straw hat and 19th century French clothing, playing a banjo.
This Cretors & Company (Chicago) Model D popcorn wagon with driver’s seat, measuring 12 feet, 8 inches long, is expected to realize between $10,000 to $15,000.
Returning to music, a 20 ½ inch Olympia upright disc music box in a large mahogany case with spindled gallery top with 13 discs, should rise to $6,000 to $8,000; and a Criterion mahogany 15 ¾ inch disc music box in a mahogany case with a lift-top lid and chamfered corners, in very good original condition with 75 discs, should hit $4,000 to $6,000.
A Mira 15 ½ inch music box in a gorgeous mahogany case standing on a two-door mahogany cabinet with cabriole legs, is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000; while a military band fairground organ in a Wurlitzer style 105 case, with music played on a 6-inch paper roll, partially restored, should command $3,000 to $5,000.
For those unable to attend the auction live, internet bidding will be available on three platforms: LiveAuctioneers.com, iCollector.com and Invaluable.com (formerly Artfact.com). Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held on Friday, Sept. 12th, from 10-5, and on Saturday, Sept. 13th, auction day, from 8 a.m. until the first gavel falls, at 11 a.m. (EST).
This is the first in a series of five autumn auctions that Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has planned for the remainder of 2014. An antique estate auction, featuring over 350 pieces in a wide array of categories, will be held Saturday, Sept. 27; a 350-lot cataloged auction of fine quality diversified antiques will be held Saturday, Oct. 23; and a 600-lot auction of antique clocks and watches will be held Nov. 22-23. Consignments are now being accepted for these auctions.
For more information about this or other auctions, or to seek information about consignments for future sales, call 413.448.8922, email to email@example.com or visit the Fontaine’s Auction Gallery website.
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