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Preview: Scientific and Musical Instruments February Sale

12th January 2022.

A very fine and early Palais Royale Square Piano-Form Musical Necessaire is one of the highlights of the Scientific and Musical Instruments Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 2nd February (estimate: £1,000-1,500 plus buyer’s premium). Made in France circa 1820 the Necessaire incorporates within a fine case a mirror and a tray fitted with sewing accoutrements with a musical cylinder movement. Further lots from the musical section of the sale to watch include a good Violin Bow, stamped ‘Pajeot’ (estimate: £800-1,200) and a Gibson ES335 4DC Semi-Acoustic Guitar in cherry red (estimate: £1,000-1,500).

Also of note in the sale is the second part of A Private Collection of Radios, which comprises a good range of vintage radios and radio parts sold in 49 lots. Highlights of the collection include a very good Ekco Type AC74 Wireless Receiver made in 1933 and sold together with an Ekco Type ACT96 Receiver with an estimate of £300-400.

Amongst a good offering of scientific instruments is a Curta Type II Calculator with original plastic case (estimate: £300-400) and of interest to collectors of mining memorabilia comes an H Watson Miner’s Lamp, made in Newcastle upon Tyne (estimate: £800-1,200). The sale will also include a Private Collection of Stereoviewers and Antique Cameras, including an ICA Plate Camera (estimate: £300-500), and a Desktop Stereoviewer with carousel for images and front and rear viewing glasses housed in a walnut and veneered casing, sold together with a box of glass images (£250-350).


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