Published: April 13, 2004
More than 450 registered bidders from 26 states and two countries packed the Sharonville Convention Center for the recent George E. Theders Trust Collection Auction. Several auction records in mechanical music were broken by auctioneers Dave and Frank Forsythe of Forsythe Auctions.
Theders, a native Cincinnatian who passed away in July 2003, had amassed a premier collection of mechanical music and other antiques that was known around the world.
Top lot of the day was a Bremond interchangeable cylinder orchestral music box with 12 19-inch cylinders; it sold for a record price of $82,500.
Other mechanical music included a Mermod Freres Interchangeable Cylinder music box with three 241/2-inch cylinders that was hammered down for $49,500; a Symphonion Eroica hall clock went for $46,750; a Symphonion three-disc upright music box was $38,500; a Troll & Baker large interchangeable cylinder box with six 16-inch cylinders also hit $38,500.
A Vaucher fils Paillard Revolver cylinder music box was $27,500; a John Manger large cylinder music box hit $33,000; a singing bird cylinder box, $30,250; and a Sublime-Harmony-Piccolo-Bells interchangeable cylinder music box sold for $22,000.
Other cylinder boxes included rare Nicole Freres Grand Overture cylinder music box, $33,000; a Ducommun-Girod cylinder box, $20,300; Orchestral cylinder box with 14-inch cylinder, $10,450; Troll & Baker interchangeable box with table, $12,650; Mandoline Expressive Zither box, $5,225; a 19-inch Sublime Harmony, $6,600; a large 25-inch cylinder box marked BAB, $20,900; and a Bremond Mandoline Organocleide box, $16,500.
Other disc boxes included Symphonion style 25C $9,900; Imperial Symphonion 15-inch disc box $4,950; Regina Style 50 with serpentine case $7,150; Stella Concert 151/2-inch box, $7,700; Regina 151/2-inch with carved case, $6,050; Empress floor model, $9,900; and another Regina, $5,775.
A Limonaire fairground organ found a new home at $24,750; an Arthur Bursens band organ fetched $16,500, and a large Arburo dance organ reached $17,600.
Other interesting rdf_Descriptions included a small Symphonion disc box with lithograph animation that went for $7,150, Capital style C cuff box, $7,700; hand crank automaton box with monkey, $7,700; Rabbit in Lettuce automaton, $2,200; folding table-top stereographoscope, $3,960, hand crank barrel organs, $7,700 and $6,050; Grand Roller organ with 24 rollers, $7,150; Wurlitzer 103 Military Band Organ, $18,700.
Theders had also collected phonographs, which included a rare Zon-O-Phone that sold for $8,250; Columbia Graphaphone BS, $7,700; Edison Amberola Model A upright, $6,050; Starr desk phonograph, $2,090; Columbia Graphaphone type Q, $1,760; Edison Standard A, $1,210; Puck talking machine, $770; Talk-A-Phone disc phonograph with carving, $3,430.
Some of the highlights of the clocks was a French conical pendulum clock for $4,400; mechanical bird clock, $6,600; English skeleton clock, $4,400; Ansonia double female, $3,575; Gustave Becker wall clock with music box, $3,850; a four-inch Vienna Regulator, $2,310; and a mahogany English grandfather clock, $8,250.
Theders also loved toys and a few examples included a 48-inch horse-drawn fire ladder wagon at $10,450 and Fleischmann ocean liners at $2,420 and $1,705.
Prices include a ten percent buyer’s premium.
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