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Miller & Miller will hold an online-only Music Machines, Coin-Ops & Advertising auction, with other categories, Sept. 19
The 632-lot sale features the outstanding lifetime collections of Ken Vinen and Jack Winkler. It will start promptly at 9 am Eastern time.
New Hamburg, ON, Canada, September 4, 2020 -- An online-only auction dedicated in large part to music machines, coin-ops and advertising – featuring the outstanding lifetime collections of Ken Vinen and Jack Winkler – will be held on Saturday, September 19th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Ontario. The 632-lot auction will start promptly at 9 am Eastern time.
Other categories include signs, petroliana (gas station collectibles), automobilia, breweriana, historical objects, general store and toys. Many of the items are Canadian in origin. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and the Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com). Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
A few expected top lots include an early 1900s Seeburg Style “G” orchestrion, a coin-operated mechanical masterpiece (est. $20,000-$30,000); a 27-inch orchestral Regina upright music box, also coin-operated and made in 1898 (est. $8,000-$10,000); and a 1950s Shell Tokheim double gasoline pump, fully restored (est. $8,000-$10,000). All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
The Seeburg Style “G” orchestrion is the expected top lot of the auction. The player piano melody is backed by a tightly-packed orchestra of bass and snare drums, two ranks of flute pipes, a mandolin feature, cymbal and triangle. The 66 inch tall by 79 inch wide unit retains the correct torch mosaic leaded art glass doors and comes with thirteen “G” rolls.
The 27-inch orchestral Regina upright music box is a marvelous machine, originally rented as a coin-consuming investment to shrewd bar owners as a money-maker that also provided fun entertainment, a way to divert patrons from neighboring establishments. The music box is tagged ‘Orchestral Regina’ to the frieze board and comes with 29 discs.
The Shell Tokheim 300 double gas pump is a true beacon of prosperity from the golden age of the motorist. This iconically designed pump makes the same glowing statement as the cars of the era. It was the recipient of a master restoration and measures 58 inches tall by 34 inches wide by 16 inches deep. Gas pumps are hugely popular as man cave items.
Machines that play music, many of them from the Vinen and Winkler collections, are plentiful and will include the following. All four carry estimates of $4,000-$6,000.
- A coin-operated Coinola “CX” Nickelodeon, made in America in the 1920s, boasting a piano, mandolin and xylophone; marked “Coinola” inner key cover.
- A George Baker & Co. cylinder music box, Swiss, manufactured in 1892, a rare variant featuring the harmony of drum with six bells; restored, with 5 cylinders.
- A Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox, made in America in 1946, the most identifiable jukebox ever produced, with a curated library of 78 rpm records with title cards.
- An American Berliner trademark model A gramophone, made in the US circa 1897, with quarter-sawn oak case, early motor, 2-weight governor and side brake.
The Berliner trademark A gramophone is among 32 Berliners offered in this sale as part of the Jack Winkler collection. The collection boasts the most comprehensive offering of Berliner gramophones ever offered in Canada.
To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions and the firm’s slate of upcoming auctions, visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.
Miller & Miller Auctions is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell. To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710 or (519) 716-5606; or, e-mail to email@example.com. To learn more, visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.