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Regina 27-inch "Dragon Front" Autochange Disc Musical Box

Auction:
2314
Lot:
470
Sold for:
$27,025$23,000

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2314
Location:
Bolton
Date / Time :
November 03, 2005 10:00AM

Description:

Regina 27-inch "Dragon Front" Autochange Disc Musical Box, No. 30155, with duplex combs, twelve-disc magazine, twin motors (for disc and changing-mechanism), stop / start / repeat and 12-disc select levers, in rounded mahogany case with egg-and-dart borders, monochrome Regina print, glazed disc-cover and door with arched window flanked by carved columns with baluster-turned capitals, acanthus leaf carving and stylized spandrels in the form of winged dragons with darting foliate tails, 63 ht. x 39 wd. x 23 1/2 dp., with thirteen discs.

Provenance: Purchased from a Connecticut antiques shop in the 1970s. The vendor was informed that the Regina was acquired from the estate of P.T. Barnum, founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Movement and case have been recently overhauled by Al Meekins, New Jersey.
Estimate $20,000-30,000

Keywords

Regina, Dragon Front, Connecticut, P.T. Barnum, founder , founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, Al Meekins, Acanthus, Baluster, Barnum, Musical box, Performing arts, Rail transport, Rail vehicles, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus