Fine Mechanical Music and Scientific Instruments
9 Nov 2011, starting at 13:00 GMT.

More information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

LOTS
 of 80
3 Baird Television Limited: very early and near-mint prospectus and instruction leaflets; £750
US$ 1,259
€910
4 Baird Television Ltd. and others: near-mint 1930s television model prospectus leaflets; £875
US$ 1,469
€1,062
5 Television -(Seeing by Wire or Wireless), Dinsdale, A., owned by H. G. Henderson, signed by John Logie Baird, £1,625
US$ 2,728
€1,972
6 Television, Dinsdale, A., with signature and dedication by A. Dinsdale to W. G. W. Mitchell, £937
US$ 1,574
€1,137
7 All About Television - Including Experiments by H. Winfield Secor & Joseph H. Kraus, A bound US magazine, £325
US$ 545
€394
8 Three books on the rudiments and history of early Television: £350
US$ 587
€424
9 Important 1930s literature on television: mostly German, £600
US$ 1,007
€728
10 A quantity of good television and other broadcasting books: 1920s-2000s £200
US$ 335
€242
12 A very rare PYE type 78F portable wireless receiver, launched July 1948, withdrawn September 1948, £1,125
US$ 1,888
€1,365
13 A very good selection of posters for records and talking machines: pre and post-war, most in excellent-near mint condition, £562
US$ 944
€682
14 T. A. Edison - a good autographed photograph, with dedication to Horace Field Parshall, 1905, £1,000
US$ 1,679
€1,213
18 Prof. A. E. Dolbear - The Telephone, very rare first edition 1877, New York press, £750
US$ 1,259
€910
21 A 200-series green bakelite telephone, impressed mark S-36, base mark FHR56, receiver 1936 and base 1956, £1,062
US$ 1,784
€1,289
22 A near-mint 200-series cream bakelite telephone, 1955, impressed mark 164-55, £562
US$ 944
€682
24 Two type 310 ivory bakelite telephones: impressed marks: 164 52 and 164 50, £225
US$ 377
€273
25 Two type 312 ivory bakelite telephones: impressed marks: E-37 and 164 54, £62
US$ 104
€75
28 A Neo-Cyclostyle copying machine by the Gestetner Manufacturing Company, circa 1890, £250
US$ 419
€303
29 A rare Flora cast iron sewing machine, circa 1890, £1,250
US$ 2,098
€1,517
30 An early automaton sewing machine, by Max Sandt, Germany, 'The Princess', circa 1895, £5,000
US$ 8,395
€6,068
31 A good 'Negro Banjo-Player' musical automaton, by G. Vichy, circa 1890, £8,125
US$ 13,642
€9,861
32 A musical automaton of a girl, by Roulett & Decamps, circa 1890, £2,375
US$ 3,987
€2,882
33 A musical monkey harpist automaton, by Theroude, French, circa 1880, £2,750
US$ 4,617
€3,337
34 A double monkey musical automaton, by Phalibois, circa 1895, £2,250
US$ 3,777
€2,730
35 A singing bird-jumper timepiece automaton, by Bontems, circa 1885, £3,750
US$ 6,296
€4,551
36 A double singing birds, with static group under glass dome, Bontems circa 1890 and later, £1,750
US$ 2,938
€2,124
37 A single singing bird-in-cage, French, similar to K. Griesbaum, circa 1930, £562
US$ 944
€682
38 A singing bird-in-cage, by Phalibois, circa 1890, £937
US$ 1,574
€1,137
39 A good triple-singing birds-in-cage, by Phalibois, circa 1890, £3,500
US$ 5,876
€4,248
40 A coin-operated triple-singing birds-in-cage, by Reuge, from elements circa 1880 and later, £2,250
US$ 3,777
€2,730
41 A singing bird call box, by Bontems, circa 1870, retailed by Callow, London, £1,750
US$ 2,938
€2,124
42 A gilt filigree singing bird box, by Karl Griesbaum, model 19B, circa 1930, £875
US$ 1,469
€1,062
43 A German silver singing bird box, for the American market, circa 1920, £1,500
US$ 2,518
€1,820
44 A singing bird box, by C. H. Marguerat, circa 1920, £1,000
US$ 1,679
€1,213
45 A good book-form silver, enamel and stone encrusted singing bird box, by Karl Griesbaum, model 15B, circa 1920, £7,500
US$ 12,593
€9,103
46 A silver-gilt and enamel singing bird box, by Jacques Bruguier, circa 1830, for restoration, £7,750
US$ 13,012
€9,406
47 A very fine sarcophagus-form silver-gilt and enamel singing bird box, by Jacques Bruguier, circa 1835, £37,250
US$ 62,546
€45,211
48 A very important silver standing singing bird automaton of a thrush, by Bontems, circa 1890, £39,650
US$ 66,575
€48,124
49 A fine gold, enamel and pictorial enamel oval-form Carillion bell case, stamped GG, circa 1805, £11,250
US$ 18,889
€13,654
50 A fine gold and cobalt blue enamel purse-form musical snuffbox, the cylinder pin face signed Chapuis & Barrah, Geneva, 1815, the case by J. F. Bautte & Cie, £6,000
US$ 10,074
€7,282
51 A fine white-metal and gilt-painted vesta with hidden erotic automaton, late 19th century, £5,000
US$ 8,395
€6,068
54 An unusual William IV barrel piano breakfast table suite, circa 1830, £3,500
US$ 5,876
€4,248
55 A near-mint Crown Devon 'No.1 "Jerry"' musical chamber pot, September 1939, one of a handful in existence, £4,750
US$ 7,975
€5,765
57 An early Karelian birch and tortoiseshell musical snuffbox, for the Russian market, circa 1825, £875
US$ 1,469
€1,062
58 An unusual bone organ console-form musical box, circa 1840, £625
US$ 1,049
€758
59 A tortoiseshell musical snuffbox, probably by H. Capt, circa 1825, £475
US$ 797
€576
60 An early composition musical snuffbox, circa 1815, £350
US$ 587
€424
63 A small early key-wind musical box playing six airs, by Benoit and Piquet, circa 1850, £750
US$ 1,259
€910
64 A fine and early key-wind hooked-tooth musical box playing four airs, by Ducommun Girod, circa 1834, £2,750
US$ 4,617
€3,337
71 A good large interchangeable cylinder musical box case on stand, probably by Bremond, circa 1875, £812
US$ 1,364
€986
72 An interchangeable cylinder musical box stand, for a Paillard Vaucher et fils box, circa 1885, £1,375
US$ 2,308
€1,668
74 A large table part-orchestral interchangeable musical box, by Paillard, circa 1880, retailed by Mayermarix, £4,375
US$ 7,346
€5,310
75 A musical box playing eight airs, by Bremond, circa 1886, £1,500
US$ 2,518
€1,820
76 A fine exhibition-standard piano-forte Grand Interchangeable cylinder musical box, by Nicole Frères, The former property of Charles L. E. Brun, who bought Nicole Frères, £20,000
US$ 33,581
€24,274
78 A musical box playing eight operatic airs, by Nicole Frères, circa 1868, £475
US$ 797
€576
79 A coin-operated 19.5/8-inch Polyphon upright disc musical box, circa 1886, £3,000
US$ 5,037
€3,641

How to sell

A simple step by step guide on how to sell your goods at auction with Bonhams

More information
Activities
Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    Customer Services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Shipping (UK)
    Logistics - Shipping
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8302
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7629 9673