Scientific & Musical Instruments, Cameras & Tools


Buyer’s sought out the weird and wonderful in Tennants Auctioneers’ Scientific and Musical Instruments and Tools Sale on 20th June, with top money being paid for electric shock machines, a leech jar, vintage typewriters and brass weights all the way from Bermuda.
A private collection of 19th century medical electric shock machines attracted interest, with a lot comprising a John Browning Electric Coil and a W H Hall Medical Galvanism selling for £450 (plus buyer’s premium) against an £80-120 estimate, and a J R Chislett’s Conical Electro-Magnetic Machine selling for £250 (plus buyer’s premium).
A rare example of a mid-19th century leech jar by Samuel Alcock & Co. of Cobridge sold for £2,900 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £700-1,000. Leech jars, having been practical objects, rarely survive in such good condition and with the addition of a good factory mark, the colourful jar was certainly tempting to buyers.
Vintage typewriters and office equipment performed unusually well too – with high prices achieved for such lots as a Salter Standard Improved No.6 Typewriter (£1,600 plus buyer’s premium), and an Imperial B Typewriter (Lightweight Model) (£700 plus buyer’s premium). A set of two Victorian Brass Bell Weights, weighing 56lb and 28lb, stamped ‘Bermuda’ and ‘1888’ sold for £1,800 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £500-800.
Strong results in the musical section of the sale were achieved for musical boxes, with the top lot being a Full Orchestra Cylinder Music Box (£3,600 plus buyer’s premium). Stringed instrument bows were also popular, with strong results seen for a Cello Bow stamped ‘Emile Ouchard (£2,300 plus buyer’s premium), and for a Violin Bow by Collin-Mezin (£2,100 plus buyer’s premium). Two concertinas caused a stir too, with one example selling for £1,400 (plus buyer’s premium) and another for £650 (plus buyer’s premium).
Finally, a private collection of Penny Arcade Machines brought back memories for keen buyers – with the top slot taken by an Allwin Win and Place Wall Mounted Gaming Machine, with a hammer price of £550.
The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £70,225 for the 308 lots.
We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Scientific & Musical Instruments, Cameras & Tools on 24th October, please contact us on 01969 623780 or for details.

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