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Walnut Street Piano with Jazz Band Automata

Auction:
2502
Lot:
747
Sold for:
$8,295$7,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Walnut Street Piano with Jazz Band Automata, Continental, circa 1880, the front sliding panel with painted card male figure raises to reveal the strings, sixteen hammers and nest of three bells, the lower section with pinned wooden barrel and worm gear which rotates the barrel and activates the eight automata figures playing in a jazz band (lacking one figure) while the operator turns the wooden handled crank, ht. 31 3/4 in.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Instrument complete and in old patina, no significant replacements, one automata figure now gone, barrel cracked and instrument would welcome a re-build.

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Piano