Gramophones and old radios are sure to hook enthusiasts
BOB DEVLIN has been collecting and restoring old gramophones and valve radios for many years, but now he is selling up to buy a best fish finder. A fish-finder is a hi-tech piece of equipment for the fishing and boating enthusiast, and Bob Devlin, from St Albans, certainly is an enthusiast. He fishes on the Murray near Yarrawonga and makes regular trips to South Australia where he takes his boat out to sea. “I guess I would like to catch more fish,” he said, “and buying a fish-finder (which also measures water depth) must be the way to go.” His gramophone and radio collection is to be auctioned tomorrow by Eastern Suburbs Auctions at 13 Lacey Street, Croydon. The sale starts at noon and will include about 20 pieces of antique sound equipment. Among them is an Edison Black Gem cylinder player with trumpet speaker and some rare upright and tabletop gramophones. For years Bob Devlin has collected these and old valve radios. All but one are in full working order, thanks to his penchant for finding the right bits and pieces and his restoring skills. The auction tomorrow will offer 400 lots. Eastern Suburbs Auctions is run by Fred and Robyn Latham from the firm’s large rooms in Croydon. They have weekly auctions, but tomorrow’s is one of their specials, containing some good antiques. These include an eight-door library case, a rare Tasmanian postmaster’s desk, an Edwardian mirrored sideboard, an oak gateleg table, and some dropfront bureaus and desks. Of particular interest is a Victorian-period-horse ornament. It is French and is signed by the sculptor (Lapierre). There are Victorian and Edwardian hallstands and chests of drawers, some excellent English china and china cabinets, Victorian brass beds, and a large selection of costume jewellery. Making up the numbers are some good paintings and prints, plus a lot of worthy bric-a-brac. TOORAK Auctions also has a special sale tomorrow, starting at 11am. This is the firm’s final Sunday auction for the year, and apart from a fine collection of antiques, owner Peter La Ponder has gathered some modern furniture. Most of it is new, although there are small signs of shop soiling. But manager Ross Stringer says any shop soiling is hard to notice. The consignment includes fabric and leather lounge suites, sofa beds, hall tables and stands, recliner chairs, dining suites, wall display units, and occasional tables. Mr Stringer said the several modern coffee tables (with glass tops) should sell at auction for around $150, “hundreds of dollars below their normal retail”. Also in the sale are television sets (used), stereo equipment and VCRs. Antiques in tomorrow’s sale include a gilt Regency mirror, two female sculptures in bronze, a pair of Balinese door frames, walnut clocks, and some interesting Chinese scrolls. There is also a collection of French and German porcelain dolls. They are not antiques, but, as Ross Stringer says, “they will certainly interest the serious collector”. Toorak Auctions had a successful sale some weeks ago of some hand-crafted wooden cocktail cabinets. They were in the shape of a locomotive, a Model T Ford car, and a galleon. Made in Mexico and standing nearly two metres high, they sold instantly (two of them before auction), and tomorrow there are two more, one a faithful replica of the royal coach and another galleon.
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