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Christie's Mechanical Music Auction 18 Oct 2005
By Laurence Fisher

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Starting at 12.00 noon on Tuesday, 18 October 2005, at Christie's South
Kensington, London, will be a 200-lot sale of mechanical music and
technical apparatus.

Friends may recall the last sale we had in May of this year when it
was the largest sale for over five years, a staggering 314 lots, which
did very well and encompassed most pieces covering this corner of the
antiques world and providing most with at least something nice they
liked.  So our attention turns to this sale which includes:

 - A Swiss tinplate overture musical box, playing one overture in three
parts, No. 2890 with 89 teeth, circa 1850;

 - a Nicole Freres overture musical box playing 6 airs;

 - nine lots of Oiseau Chantants;

 - three barrel pianos;

 - one rare late 18th century barrel organ by W. Rolfe, London;

 - seven key-wind musical boxes; and a total of 54 musical boxes.

 - 26 lots of technical apparatus; 48 lots of early radio and
television, including a rare Baird Televisor window display model;
26 lots of phonographs and gramophones, including memorabilia.

The catalogue can be viewed online using this link: 

The viewing for this forthcoming sale starts on Saturday 15 October from
10.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M.; also on Sunday at the same times, on Monday
between 9.00 A.M. to 7.30 P.M., and of course the morning of the sale
from 9.00 A.M. to 11.00 A.M.

Many of you may have attended the Hands Across The Sea meeting at
Guildford and it was a pleasure meeting those of you who viewed the
evening auction and enjoyed being part of the whole discussion on this
subject.  Christopher Proudfoot and I look very much forward to meeting
you for this pleasant, comprehensive and enjoyable sale of Mechanical
Music and Technical Apparatus; we even have a musical box with Gamme
No. 10!

With kind regards to you all,
Laurence Fisher
Specialist, Mechanical Music and Technical Apparatus
Christie's Inc., London

(Message sent Thu 6 Oct 2005, 16:00:30 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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