Lot 3411: ALL ORIGINAL 5 CENT/25 CENT CAILLE DOUBLE WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC.
July 1, 2010
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: This machine is as fresh to the market as they come! Discovered recently in a Kentucky barn, this double puck with its original music is in as found, totally all original untouched condition. A true rarity in itself, there are virtually very few machines discovered any longer in this manner. The music had been removed and was stored in the house and in remarkable condition; no broken teeth, excellent gilt to iron sound board and clean as a whistle still holding a tune. All the original linkage is intact excepting wire rods (of minor concern) to trip music. The crank on the side, the lever to deactivate music is still present! The original iron castings have substantial nickel plating and painted highlighting to head is almost all intact. The iron legs have very little nickel left which is typical and often times over the years the legs were painted silver. Dials are intact and in very fine condition, original reverse glasses are present; one has three cracks the others are intact and are flaking to blue background paint. Wood cabinet desperately in need of a good cleaning and some regluing. Lacking partial rounded molding around center dials and a few odd little pieces of trim. Back doors are present with original locks; one door missing section of wood. Musical containment area is present including rear containment door. A great find by Jim Julia who was at a decoy auction in Chicago when one of the attendees mentioned to him that they had this machine and it had been in his family for decades. A rare opportunity for a collector to get a fresh to the market, as found, basically all original double upright with its original music. Often times an operator removed the music boxes from these uprights as they inoperable. Only a very small percentage of musical uprights retains the musical box that was there when it left the factory. SIZE: Approx. 47" w x 14" d x 63" h. CONDITION: As noted. Left side handle plate is intact, handle missing. Mechanisms appear to be complete other than a spring here or there and in need of cleaning and lubrication. Iron castings are intact and the only visible damage is a hairline crack in iron plate surrounding the right side coin head. 1-9817