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Re: Firmans

Postby pennymachines » Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:06 pm

Here's something else they made apparently, from Derby Auction House sale yesterday. Catalogue description: "An English art deco girlie peep show arcade machine, by Firmans of Nottingham, Through the Keyhole of the Door, old penny play, 165cm high, 54cm wide, c.1935, fully renovated ." The name, period, colours, hand painted flash are very reminiscent of those wall-mounted Through The Keyhole viewers in the S&L Fireworks cases. Could Firmans be responsible for these too?
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Re: Firmans

Postby badpenny » Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:14 pm

Yup .... soon as I move away from the place interesting things start to appear in the local auction house.
There was also a table top Wurlitzer.

Here in Lincoln we get bits of Ruston Hornsby engines that generations of workers must have snaffled, and whose grandchildren are now lumbered with clearing out.

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Re: Firmans

Postby daveslot » Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:40 pm

I was the phone bidder on the Wurly. Even more interesting was the following lot of a Polyphon with a chocolate vender.

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Re: Firmans

Postby slotalot » Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:45 pm

Chocolate??? That's music to my ears :oops:

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Re: Firmans

Postby pennymachines » Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:33 pm

I thought the jukebox was the star piece. The Symphonium looked to me like it had undergone major restoration/reconstruction. But I didn't go to the auction and was judging solely on the tiny picture below* and the fact that a very derelict example surfaced a few years ago. I didn't bid on anything, but thought the estimate on the Wurlitzer seemed fair.
A Wurlitzer Model 61 countertop jukebox, designed by Paul Fuller, 78 rpm, 12 selections, lockable coin collection tray, 58cm high, c.1939
An unusual late 19th century walnut coin in the slot operated Symphonion Musik-Automat 'Lyra' Automaton chocolate vending music box, table top or wall mounted, 30cm discs playing on eighty-four teeth on two combs, arched cresting flanked by turned finials, arched glazed door flanked by reeded angles, applied with geometric mouldings, bun feet, 91cm high, c.1895
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Re: Firmans

Postby daveslot » Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:26 pm

I thought it looked OK.
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Re: Firmans

Postby treefrog » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:15 pm

That Firmans viewer looked really nice, I wonder if the paint/enamel finish was original. The artwork looked a bit hand drawn/painted.
Met the guy who bought the Wurlitzer today, he is also hoping it is as good in the pictures when collecting. Not been persuaded by jukebox in the past, but this one would have been great given its size.

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Re: Firmans

Postby pennymachines » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:09 pm

Never seen the Firman viewer before, but there's another, in Holland, with less than a day to go on German ebay currently at Euro 56. Anyone fancy bringing it home?
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Re: Firmans

Postby slotalot » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:11 pm

pennymachines wrote:Never seen the Firman viewer before, but there's another, in Holland, with less than a day to go on German ebay currently at Euro 56. Anyone fancy bringing it home?
Now that didn't take long, it's back on Ebay again :o ..... thought it had sold??
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Re: Firmans

Postby pennymachines » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:40 pm

The mysteries of ebay. It appears to sell for Euro 251 one day and the next day the same vendor has it up again for a Buy-it-Now of Euro 1,750! I suspect the buyer got gazumped when post sale offers came in, but who knows...
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