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Criterion 20-inch Floor-standing Coin-operated Musical Box

Auction:
2760M
Lot:
544
Sold for:
$5,535$4,500

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2760M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
November 01, 2014 10:00AM

Description:

Criterion 20-inch Floor-standing Coin-operated Musical Box, The Equitable Manufacturing Co., Iowa City, Iowa, c. 1900, the two-part oak case with carved acanthus leaf crown molding above the circular beveled glass and pierced spandrel full-width hinged door, dual comb mechanism, crank-arm, coin slot and gumball mechanism on side of cabinet, carved stepped molded midsection, with plaque reading The Equitable Manfg. Co. Iowa City, Iowa, lower disc storage door with carved columns flanking the egg-and-dart frame that encloses an applied lyre and floral-decorated raised panel, all resting on a carved, stepped, molded base, fifteen discs, ht. 80 3/4 in.
Estimate $7,000-9,000

in 2008 Nancy Fratti Music Boxes, Canastota, N.Y. restored mechanism. Case has some missing moldings, appears to be original finish with scratches, nicks, and varnish loss. Spandrels in door are partially broken, mechanism is running and playing.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Iowa, The Equitable Manufacturing Co., Iowa City, City, Canastota, Nancy Fratti