Boys of all ages were united with the ‘toys’ of their collecting dreams in a recent three-day sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries. Here are a couple of highlights from the Raymond Stacey Collection – one of the nest and most comprehensive collections of early mechanical music and penny-in- the-slot amusement arcade machines to come to market in recent times. The 24 lots all sold with great success raising a total of £12,700. Bids came mainly from the UK, USA, France and Italy. The top lots included a good late 19th/early 20th century ‘Penny-in-the-Slot Mutoscope’, by the American Mutoscope Company of New York, in an ornate green-painted cast iron casing, these are commonly know as a ‘What the Butler Saw’ machine. It sold for £1,800.
An Art Deco style 1950s Parker’s Automatics walnut and birdseye maple cased ‘Penny-in-the-Slot Carousel’ Alwin machine, with a view of fun fair to its back panel, sold for £1,200.