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Rare Miraphone 18 1/2-inch Combined Disc Musical Box and Phonograph

Auction:
2314
Lot:
490
Sold for:
$18,800$16,000

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

Description:

Rare Miraphone 18 1/2-inch Combined Disc Musical Box and Phonograph, No. 8984, with duplex combs, pronounced bass teeth, zither attachment covering treble combs only, patent plaque with dates to 1905, speed-control, optional 11 1/2-inch turntable, mica soundbox and resonator with sun-burst grille, in serpentine mahogany console cabinet with double doors enclosing the movement and vertical disc / record storage, papier-mache horn concealed by pierced grille of fretwork flowers and ribbons, blind-fret on two sides, and carved angel trumpeter Hermes at the four corners, on ball-and-claw feet, wd. 27 x ht. 50 in. , with approx. ten discs.

Note: Designed and advertised with the American market in mind, the Miraphone musical box / phonograph combination was produced from around 1903 - 1910, although in far fewer numbers than its competitor, the Reginaphone. Unlike the Stella, the Miraphone plays on discs with projections, with a strong bass accompaniment.
Estimate $15,000-20,000

Keywords

Edwardian era, Fretwork, Gramophone record, Musical box, Phonograph, Zither