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Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gum Gambling Gooseneck Slot Machine Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gum Gambling Gooseneck Slot Machine Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gum Gambling Gooseneck Slot Machine

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Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gum Gambling Gooseneck Slot Machine

December 14, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gum Gambling Gooseneck Slot Machine Ending 12/22/14 http://yqz.me/antiqueSlotMachine

Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gooseneck Slot Machine numbered 55297. We do not claim to be experts in slot machines so we will share with you what we know. Set on a wooden base, this slot machine functions when we placed a nickle in the slot and pull the lever. So cool! Along the front of the machine it lists all of the different combinations you can get with the different types of gum symbols. Embossed along the front is a bell with

EARLY Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gum Gambling Gooseneck Slot Machine

WORKS! EARLY Antique Mills Five Cent Spearmint Gum Gambling Gooseneck Slot Machine

1776 and a small owl. We are missing the back cover and the wooden base has losses to the front. There is paint loss on the machine and the inside is in need of a good cleaning with some oxidation to the metal. It measures approx. 24″ tall by 14″ wide. Be sure to see all our photos for specifics. A great piece to leave as-is or to restore! We just love it! HAPPY BIDDING!!

Mills Novelty Company from wiki:

The Mills Novelty Company, Incorporated of Chicago, Illinois was once a leading manufacturer of coin operated machines, including slot machines, vending machines, and jukeboxes, in the United States. Between about 1905 and 1930, the company’s products included the Mills Violano-Virtuoso and its predecessors, celebrated machines that automatically played a violin and, after about 1909, a piano. By 1944 the name of the company had changed to Mills Industries, Incorporated. The slot machine division was then owned by Bell-O-Matic Corporation. By the late 1930s, vending machines were being installed by Mills Automatic Merchandising Corporation of New York.

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue

August 25, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue yqz
18″ Tall TOTEM Canada/US Early 1900’s Shabby Chic ENDING Sep 01, 2014 18:38:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Haida

Description composed by world renowned Asian expert & appraiser, Mr. Anthony Lee. His bio is below.

Canada/US – early 1900’s. Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian First Nations Carved Wood Slave Figure. Of carved wood and painted brown. Carved as

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue yqz

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue yqz

a male, possibly a slave or vanquished warrior figure, in a couching form with knees bent and hands clasped behind his back, the head pulled back with an animal figure emanating from the tied wrists and pulling at the figure’s topknot. Standing on a wood ring. Cracked, chipping and loss of pigment in areas (see photos). The shape and twisted form of this figure corresponds to the form of some massive house posts / piers found in west coast house interiors, here carved in a diminutive form possibly for trade purposes in the early 20th century around the same time as the popularization of miniature totem poles in argyllite. The very round eyes in deep wells, nose and wide mouth strongly suggest Haida sculpture, and likely Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) as the origin of this piece. It measures approx. 17 3/4″ tall x 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″.

For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby’s online site and consultant with various auction houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.

He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.

Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on eBay as an old friend.

1878 Antique 18K Gold Guilloche Enamel Longines Ernest Francillon Pocket Watch

August 25, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

1878 Antique 18K Gold Guilloche Enamel Longines Ernest Francillon Pocket Watch
Key Wind #152931 c 1878 Exquisite Black/Blue Enameling Ending Sept. 1, 2014 18:40:01 PDT http://yqz/me/guillochewatch

Up in this auction is an original Ernest Francillon Solid 18K Gold and black & blue enameled Longines pocket watch. 15 Jewel, key wind, serial

1878 Antique 18K Gold Guilloche Enamel Longines Ernest Francillon Pocket Watch

1878 Antique 18K Gold Guilloche Enamel Longines Ernest Francillon Pocket Watch

number 152931 on the back plate, marked 18 in numerous spots on the case, but we also acid tested it and it is solid 18K gold. It has an exquisite guilloche case with black enamel leaves and designs with just a touch of accent blues. The face is marked simply Ernest Francillon. The exterior case is in superb condition, the signed interior back plate has some key scratches on it and it needs a new crystal as it is missing. We do not have a key to fit this, so we do not know if it works, so you are buying it as is. It weighs 36.23 grams, even the fob ring tested 18K gold.

Ernest Francillon (born 10 July 1834 in Lausanne), was the Swiss manager of Longines watches and an entrepreneur. He was the nephew of Auguste Agassiz. He died on 3 April 1900 in Saint-Imier, where he founded the factory. A monument to has memory was erected on 13 October 1907.

Brief History: Longines Watch Company

In 1832, Auguste Agassiz began selling etablissage-produced watches under the name “Agassiz & Compagnie” and was particularly successful selling those watches in North America.

In the 1850’s, Agassiz passed control of his company to his nephew, Ernest Francillon. Francillon wanted to modernize the production of watches and believed that bringing all the final assembly and finish operations together into one factory would be a more efficient method of production. To accomplish this, Francillon built a factory on a piece of land known as “Les Longines” and the Longines brand was born.

The A. Wittnauer Co. became the exclusive sales agent for Longines in 1880, starting a relationship that would last for 114 years

Vintage 1930’s C.F. Martin Soprano Ukulele Uke

August 2, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Vintage Antique 1930’s 1940’s C.F. Martin Soprano Ukulele Uke with Cloth Case
http://yqz.me/Ukulele Auction Ending Aug 11, 2014 18:34:01 PDT

First off we are not Martin or Ukulele experts, so, please feel free to ask any questions. We believe this is a “Style 0″ C.F. Martin Soprano Uke.

Vintage/Antique 1930's/40's C.F. Martin Soprano Ukulele Uke w/Cloth Case

Vintage/Antique 1930’s/40’s C.F. Martin Soprano Ukulele Uke w/Cloth Case

With a cloth carrying case. We believe from our research, this is after 1935 to the early 1940’s. We see a small missing glaze spot on the top in the lower right corner, about the size of half our little fingernail. Everything we see says this is really clean and in great shape. It measures overall approx. 21″ by 6 3/8″ wide. GOOD LUCK!!

C.F. Martin & Company is a U.S. guitar manufacturer established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars and is a leading mass-manufacturer of flattop acoustics. Martin instruments can cost thousands of dollars and vintage instruments often cost six figures. The company has also made several models of electric guitars and electric basses.

The company’s headquarters and primary factory are in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. Martin also manufactures instruments in Mexico. Martin produced 182 instruments during 1900, increasing to 24,085 in 2000.

EXTREMELY RARE! Desk Roller Barrel Organ 1 of 2 Ever Made!

July 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

RARE 1899 Dieffenbacher Roller Barrel Organ Upright Hotel Drop Down Desk NR yqz
WORKS By Cabinet/Organ Maker From Hershey Museum OOAK Ending Jul 24, 2014 18:32:01 PDT http://yqz.me/desk-organ

This is what we love about this business. Coming across a piece of history like this. We were recently at an estate auction in Pennsylvania and this piece came up. We could not resist it. It is a barrel organ (also called a roller organ) built into an upright desk, with two drawers on the bottom, a drop down leaf and a series of cubby holes at the top. Signed by P.L. Dieffenbacher of Turbotville, Pennsylvania. To us it looks like a hotel lobby type desk.

When we bought it we thought we would go home and do some quick research on it and that would be that. BUT NO… we could not find another like it anywhere. So… doing some research on where to look lead us to an amazing organization, full of even more remarkable people. AMICA The Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors’ Association. We contacted the president of the chapter for our area and he graciously agreed to look at photos of it. Next thing we knew we had folks calling, emailing, and sharing information about this remarkable piece. Here are the facts as we were able to determine them:

This was made by P.L. Dieffenbacher of Turbotville, PA

He was a cabinet maker and organ maker.

Including this one only three of his instruments are known of. Two organs and one musical contraption for doing bird calls.

RARE 1899 Dieffenbacher Roller Barrel Organ Upright Hotel Drop Down Desk

RARE 1899 Dieffenbacher Roller Barrel Organ Upright Hotel Drop Down Desk

All three of those instruments were at one time donated to the Hershey Museum by Dieffenbacher’s granddaughter.

The above facts are noted in Ray Brunner’s fantastic book, That Ingenious Business: Pennsylvania-German Organ Builders (The Pennsylvania-German Society, 1990)

In that book, Mr. Brunner pictures both the other organ and this organ that we are selling. (Mr. Brunner currently owns that other organ.)

All of those instruments were sold when the Hershey Museum deaccessioned their antique collection. (15 to 20 years ago.)

This organ was restored by James McFarland somewhere around 1976.

Due to its size and weight we are putting down pick up only, right here in our metropolis of Seaford, Delaware, but we can make arrangements to ship it anywhere in the world. eMail us for a quote to your doorstep.

Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 149 lbs in a 56 x 36 x 30 box.

What Type of Collector Are You?

July 11, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

What Type of Collector Are You?

What Type of Collector Are You?

What Type of Collector Are You?

Antique 19th C Brass French Carriage Clock ORIGINAL BOX Victorian Era France

July 10, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique 19th C Brass French Carriage Clock ORIGINAL BOX Victorian Era France yqz
Removable Panel To Display Clock ~ Unique! Ending July 20, 2014 18:50:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Carriage-Clock

Up in this auction is a 19th century Carriage Brass & Glass Clock signed French. It has its ORIGINAL BOX which is quite unique. The box has a red

Antique 19th C Brass French Carriage Clock ORIGINAL BOX Victorian Era France

Antique 19th C Brass French Carriage Clock ORIGINAL BOX Victorian Era France

removable panel that will allow the clock to be seen with it fully inside. This would help to protect it while it was riding around. It is quite unique that an original box would still be in such good shape, given the age. It has an rectangle beveled glass view window on the top under a small swing handle, and the other 4 sides are flaned with the same great beveled glass. The white face has a few hairlines through it, but they do not seem to hinder performance. This piece is in working order as it stands, however it will need a good once over when you receive it, as with any antique clock that is shipped any distance. The piece is signed only France on the face. A well made clock in a small package with its original box. It measures approx. 5″ tall and 3 1/4″ wide by only 2 1/2″ deep. The box measures approx. 4″ x 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. The box is near shabby chic condition, just wear commensurate with age and a crack across the lid that does not hinder function. What a fun find! Good Luck!

Human Skull Shrunken Head Mummified Zombie

July 8, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Human Skull Shrunken Head Mummified Zombie Sideshow Oddity Sealed in Glass yqz

Human Skull Shrunken Head Mummified Zombie Sideshow Oddity Sealed in Glass

Human Skull Shrunken Head Mummified Zombie Sideshow Oddity Sealed in Glass


A Great Gaff on a Stick Not Sure Who By UNUSUAL Ending Jul 14, 2014 18:36:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Shrunken-Head-Mummified

Ok, we always wanted to have a shrunken head, and one came up at an auction recently and we were bound and determined to win it and bring it home to offer it up here on eBay.

Obviously made, most likely to go in a sideshow of oddities somewhere, the blonde shrunken head has two horns coming out of its nostrils, a ring piercing the bridge of the nose, eyes shut and lips looking stitched shut. The head is mounted on an old stick with a wound cord on it. All this mounted and SEALED in an old upside down glass pitcher with an applied handle, a top adhered to that, mounted in an old biscuit tin. We could not get it open. Overall it measures approx. 14 1/4″ high. This is just plain too cool and a must have for anyone who loves oddities.

Great Piece of American History

June 17, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide Lot/Boxed Set American History/Americana
We Have NEVER Run Across A Find Like This! Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 18:50:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide

In this auction we have an amazing find, and we are plum excited to offer it to you! Here we have a LARGE LOT (29 in all) of late 19th century wood

http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide  Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide Lot

http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide Lot

framed Victorian magic lantern slides with the theme of American History in their original wooden case/box. These include some absolutely beautiful Americana scenes that are encased in wooden (possibly mahogany) frames. Some of the metal rings have gathered some discoloration to the finish/patina. Each of these wonderful vignettes of American history are shown from a Victorian perspective. This collection is a wonderfully patriotic American narrative. This was likely used as a teaching tool as the final slides show family life preserved by the previous acts of war; the schoolyard with happy and healthy children; proud Columbia with sword and flag; and finished up by the U.S. Flag. these are all in overall good condition and have been kept in their wood box. The paper labels have all but worn away over time with love and use. It appears that many years ago someone numbered them , what they thought, was chronological order (although a few seem out of sequence to us). We are going to list them as numbered below with a brief description and condition report. Each measures approx. 7″ x 4″ x 3/8″. The glass measures 3 1/4″ across. THe hinged box measures approx. 14 3/4″ x 6″ x 9 1/2″. The condition of the slides is quite good,
The Mayflower On Open Seas  http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide  Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide

The Mayflower On Open Seas http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide

with only a few exceptions. Overall this collection is in really nice, but quite scarce!

1. Landing Of Columbus ~ some background color loss on the reverse side noticeable when tilted but not noticeable from the front
2. The Mayflower On Open Seas
3. Pilgrims Atop Plymouth Rock
4. Revolutionary War / Colonial Battle Scene
5. Another Revolutionary War / Colonial Battle Scene~ this one has some uniform spotting on the glass
6. George Washington Full Length Portrait
7. George Washington Crossing The Delaware ~ some loss of color on the American Flag
8. George Washington Praying On Bended Knee In A Wooded Landscape
9. Revolutionary War Battle Scene
10. Another Battle Scene
11. Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth Scene Of Molly Pitcher
12. Another Battle Scene
13. War of 1812 Battle Scene
14. ANother War of 1812 Battle Scene
15. Revolutionary War Battle Scene
16. Naval Battle Scene ~ some discoloration on the left side
17. Battle Of New Orleans 18. Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
19. Burning a Naval Fort ~ some discoloration on the left corner and right side
20. Abraham Lincoln Addressing A Throng of Onlookers
21. Civil War Battle Scene With Tattered American Flag
22. Union & Confederate Soldiers Shaking Hands Over A US Flag
23. Battle of The Alamo (?)
24. Naval Battle Scene
25. Blowing Up A Battleship (Possibly the Maine?)
26. Soldier Returning Home From The War / Greeted By His Family
27. Substantial Two-Story Brick Schoolhouse with Children In The Schoolyard
28. Columbia with Sword Standing Atop A Rock With AMerican Flag
29. U.S. Flag Blowing In The Breeze (split in the wood)

If you have any information on anything listed above, please do not hesitate to share. We love to learn and would love to share your wisdom with everyone else. Good Luck!

The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends!

June 17, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

ORIG Antique Etching James Gillray British Political Satire Cartoon On Taxes yqz
The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends! Auction Ending Jun 24, 2014 19:16:01 PDT http://yqz.me/taxes

http://yqz.me/taxes ORIG Antique Etching James Gillray British Political Satire Cartoon On Taxes yqz The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends!

http://yqz.me/taxes ORIG Antique Etching James Gillray British Political Satire Cartoon On Taxes yqz
The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends!

A political cartoon by the famous late 18th- early 19th century British cartoonist, James Gillray. This hand tinted print is framed and under glass, with a label on the back that indicates it was sold by the Fine Art Pictures and Framing department of John Wanamaker of Philadelphia, New York and Paris. One of the things that the Wanamaker Department store used to do was to take wonderful old prints and engravings and frame them, putting them for sale in the store. This would be one of those.

Some things just never change. One of those things is taxes. For some reason, those who collect taxes never have enough, and those who pay taxes never want to pay them. In this picture, attributed to James Gillray, two prosperous looking men are at the door of a small business man, who doesn’t have anywhere close to the same well fed and clothed appearance of the tax collectors at his door. The business man protests that he is being taxed to the point where he won’t have a house nor hole to put his head in, while the collectors below, who obviously know better, inform the taxpayer that he doesn’t need a house. He could move into the garret (attic) or the cellar, but the taxes must be paid, for the good of the dear country. On the right hand side, of the picture, you can see some shabbily dressed people at the “New Brewery for the Benefit of the Poor,” one fellow is at the pump handle, while another has his mouth under the spigot, sucking it in while the overflow is wasted in the street, creating a puddle where the tax collector stands. There is more to the print, which you can see in the photos, but that is most of the story. Doesn’t it sound like today’s headlines?

This is in very good to excellent condition, some mellowing of colors from age, but the mat and print are clean, ready to be displayed. It measures approx. 11″ by 13½”, the mat opening 6¼” by 8⅝”. What a great piece, a reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. Good Luck!

We found this little bit of a biography about James Gillray on the Original Political Cartoon website, a Great website:

Gillray, James (1756 – 1815)

James Gillray was the leading caricaturist of the late eighteenth century, and is generally recognised as the father of the political cartoon. Gillray worked exclusively for Hannah Humphrey, the younger sister of William Humphrey of Gerrard Street. Gillray’s engravings helped Humphrey become London’s leading print-seller. In 1793, Gillray starting living in a room above Hannah Humphrey’s shop in Old Bond Street. He also accompanied her when she moved to new premises in 1794 (New Bond Street) and 1797 (St James’s Street). Gillray appears to have held liberal views in his youth but after 1793 he became a supporter of William Pitt and the Tories. When a friend asked Gillray why his prints were so critical of the Whigs he replied: “they are poor, they do not buy my prints and I must draw on the purses of the larger parties.” Gillray’s cartoons were especially critical of Radicals such as Charles Fox.

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