Nye & Company’s Online-Only 20th Century Machinal Delight Auction will be Held on Wednesday, Nov. 16



This amazing collection – the lifetime vision of a single collector – comprises all manner of mechanical and musical devices, games and associated ephemera one could ever hope to find.

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Bloomfield, NJ, November 12, 2022 — Nye & Company’s upcoming online auction, titled “Property from a Private Collection: A 20th Century Machinal Delight”, is slated for Wednesday, November 16th, starting promptly at 10 am. This amazing collection – all of it the lifetime vision of a single collector – comprises all manner of mechanical and musical devices, games and all the associated ephemera one could ever hope to find to accompany them.

There is a superb collection of mechanical and still cast-iron banks, tin toys and books with a Black Americana theme, and a fine collection of early Berliner, Victor and Edison cylinder and disc players and accessories. All of them – many of them rare or unusual examples – are in operating condition and include the original paperwork.

One such example is an early Berliner trademark model Gramophone, circa 1888, made in the United States, with rare original horn and parts. This is the gramophone model featured in the iconic “His Master’s Voice” image, though the one offered for sale here has an earlier painted horn. There are also many 7inch Berliner and Zon-O-Phone recordings, some very rare.

There is a separate category dedicated to medical quackery, with dozens of early machines, early books and devices, with their original 19th century packaging. For collectors of these types of objects, a treasure trove of devices and related ephemera awaits.

Among the highlights of the mechanical banks – many in excellent original condition – is a J & E Stevens “Always Did ‘Spise A Mule” bank with its original wooden box and original paperwork. There is also an excellent original “Darktown Battery” mechanical bank, also in original paint.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and their upcoming Auction of Machinal Delights Auction on Wednesday, November 16th, please call (973)984-6900 or visit www.nyeandcompany.com. Better still, come attend the live preview which has already begun in the gallery, located at 20 Beach Street, Bloomfield. NJ (30 seconds off of the Garden State Parkway). The preview runs from November 2nd thru November 16th