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Circa 1910 "Clamshell" Mutoscope
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $4,640.00
Vintage "clamshell" mutoscope dating from circa 1910. Mutoscopes, which were invented during the late 1890s, represent one of the earliest forms of cinema in this country. The "movies" displayed within the machine were created by a "flip book" process, a method that quickly evolved into our modern-day film process. The insertion of a coin engages an internal gear that is attached to the exterior crank handle. By continuously turning the handle the patron rotates the reel and the "movie" is then viewed. This particular model, which is constructed of cast iron and features its original paint, is an extremely early example and purportedly originates from a turn-of-the-century arcade in Lead City, Colorado. It contains a vintage reel depicting a domestic scene. The machine, produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, remains in working order. Dimensions: 13 (W) x 19 (D) x 76 (H) inches. A rare and nostalgic piece of American history, and one that will joyfully engage any who happen to come upon it. Please Note: due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping charges may be substantial. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $4,640.00
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