Hupfeld Helios style I German Orchestrion, nr 23900
Lot 53WY
A very scarce Hupfeld Helios Orchestrion, circa 1915,
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 62,000 - 93,000
amended

Lot Details
Hupfeld Helios style I German Orchestrion, nr 23900 Hupfeld Helios style I German Orchestrion, nr 23900 Hupfeld Helios style I German Orchestrion, nr 23900 Hupfeld Helios style I German Orchestrion, nr 23900 Hupfeld Helios style I German Orchestrion, nr 23900 Hupfeld Helios style I German Orchestrion, nr 23900
A very scarce Hupfeld Helios Orchestrion,
circa 1915,
Identification numbers:
23900 cast to metal piano frame,
3043 stamped in ink to metal frame surround and underneath glockenspiel frame,
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With two ranks of 20 pipes, standard overstrung 88-note piano-forte, accompaniment comprising one bass drum with single clapper, snare drum with two clappers, 10-note glockenspiel, Chinese cymbal with single clapper, under the 18-flap automatic swell in the roof, driven by single roll mechanism, the piano keys veneered in ivory and ebony, original electrics all round and un-changed 110v input supply for the motor, the architectural case in panelled pollard oak, the titled pediment with slight recessed frieze, wide moulded cornice below, the front panel with central pictorial inlaid study of a castle upon rocky mount, created by using a wide range of stained fruitwoods, grained woods including palmwood, ash, elm, boxwood, kingwood and ebony on main satinwood ground, flanked by twin quarter-veneered vertical panels bearing small oval looking-glass bosses, below single brass shaped electroliers each with the trademark coloured glass beaded shades, open roll mechanism, pillars between front panels finished top and bottom with carved noir stained wood mounts, keyboard with straight plain lid, supported by turned ebonised columns, fielded recessed panel underneath, on casters; with a box containing 20 period Helios rolls, mostly boxed and titled - 9feet (275cm) high, 81in. (206cm) wide at cornice pediment, 39in. (99cm) deep at keyboard overhang

Footnotes

  • Reference:
    Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, Q. D. Bowers, 1972, pp.454-456.

    The originality of this instrument is as best as it gets. The electric wiring, including the on/off relays, coils, fuses and junction boxes, is Hupfeld factory stock, untouched from day one.

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