Lot 733    

Fine Megalethoscope and Rare Cabinet Containing Views,
2008, Spring Historic Americana, June 5 & 6, 2008
36" x 20" x 24" high, mahogany and steel with four turned legs, bottom tray and rectangular tapered viewer, which rotates 45 degrees for viewing images with either vertical or horizontal format, with all lenses. Rear drop down door with illustrated printed label, both sides and top have lovely chromolithographed Renaissance portraits of young ladies. Megalethoscope is in original finish with nice dark patina. This lot includes 50 Italian, Swiss, German, Austrian and Egyptian scenic albumen views, 13.5" x 9.5", many with pinpricked special effects, such as burning buildings and volcanic eruptions, all mounted in period walnut cabinet, made to hold 100 views and for the Megalethoscope to rest on the top. The cabinet is 22" x 49" x 44" high, with two paneled doors, paneled ends with heavy brass handles for moving, thumb molded top and bracket base. The Megalethoscope was invented by Carlo Ponti in Venice, ca 1870. It uses either an internal light source or a system of opening doors admitting light to illuminate the photographs which are also colored and pierced to let light through, all creating dramatic effects.

Condition:  
A few of the views with some damage, mainly being chips on the frames rather than damage to albumens, cabinet lacking finish, overall VG.
Sold: $10,350.00
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
Lincoln Blood Relic Collected George A. Clark at the Time of the Assassination,
Lot # 690 - Lincoln Blood Relic Collected George A. Clark at the Time of the Assassination,
a 0.65" x 2" piece of white damask cloth inside an envelope with inked manuscript inscription reading A piece of a towel stained with the blood of Pres. A. Lincoln April 14th 1865 Given me by Mrs. Helen Clark Burdette 2/12/27 this was given Mrs. B by her first husband Geo. A. Clark who helped to car... > Item Details
Group of Lincoln Ephemera
Lot # 1221 - Group of Lincoln Ephemera
lot of nine, includes 1st cast brass circular paperweight with bust of beardless Lincoln, surrounding inscription Imperial Brass MFG. Co. Chicago, Ill., 3.5" diameter, PLUS 2nd cast aluminum copy of the same weight, lacking inscription, PLUS 3rd oval high relief cast steel bust on Lincoln on stipple... > Item Details
Wooden Patent Models, <i>Rider Rotary Engine & Smith Rocking Grate Bars</i>,
Lot # 716 - Wooden Patent Models, Rider Rotary Engine & Smith Rocking Grate Bars,
lot of two, both with partially printed Patent Office tags, includes A.K. Rider/Rotary Engines./Patented Dec. 17th/1864, with Rundle Collection tag lot 759, turned and painted wood and steel screws, 9" x 6" x 6.5" high, AND second with partially printed Patent Office tags, includes Jas. Jones/Roches... > Item Details
William Howard Taft Hand-Painted Campaign Banner,
Lot # 705 - William Howard Taft Hand-Painted Campaign Banner,
21" square with polychrome painted oval shoulder-length portrait of Taft flanked by crossed U.S. flags and R/Our Candidate above. > Item Details
D.F. Barry Photographic Catalogue,
Lot # 316 - D.F. Barry Photographic Catalogue,
12mo, 16pp with illustrated wraps, D.F. Barry's Catalogue of Noted Indian Chiefs with Barry's 522 Tower Avenue, Superior, Wis., address. No date, but post-1890 when Barry moved from Bismarck to Superior.Barry, one of the most noted of the frontier photographers, operated a studio in Bismarck during ... > Item Details
Two Elias A. Bonine Cabinet Cards of <i>Co-co-paw Painted Boy</i> and <i>Pas-qual, Yuma Chief</i>,
Lot # 196 - Two Elias A. Bonine Cabinet Cards of Co-co-paw Painted Boy and Pas-qual, Yuma Chief,
early 1880s. The titles appear in pencil, verso, in Bonine’s hand. Both images made during Bonine’s early career in Yuma, Arizona Territory, but printed in the early 1900s, with his Los Angeles Co., Calif., backmark. In the 1840s, Pasqual was War Chief of the Yuma, and later was their Head Chief. He... > Item Details
Medium Folio N. Currier, <i>Death of Tecumseh</i> and Kellogg, <i>Pocahontas Saving the Life of Captain John Smith</i>,
Lot # 742 - Medium Folio N. Currier, Death of Tecumseh and Kellogg, Pocahontas Saving the Life of Captain John Smith,
both 11" x 14", matted and framed, 16.75" x 21.75", including Death of Tecumseh, by N. Currier, dated 1846, AND Pocahontas Saving the Life of Captain John Smith, by E.C. Kellogg. > Item Details
Fine Stereoview of <i>Iron Bear, Chief of Rees, Fort Berthold</i>,
Lot # 292 - Fine Stereoview of Iron Bear, Chief of Rees, Fort Berthold,
lacking a maker's imprint, but known to be the work of William H. Illingworth of Chicago, ca July 1866, on ocher mount, part of his series documenting the Fiske Expedition from St. Paul, Minn., to the Montana gold fields. This is the earliest photograph of an Arikara person. Iron Bear is posed on a ... > Item Details
Scarce Printed Seymour-Blair Campaign Flag,
Lot # 703 - Scarce Printed Seymour-Blair Campaign Flag,
7.5" x 11" glazed cotton with canton having 36 five-pointed stars with two center stars, surrounded by three rings of stars and four corner stars with black Seymour/and/Blair on fly, still attached to stick. > Item Details
Gathering of Union Cases and Parts,
Lot # 1263 - Gathering of Union Cases and Parts,
lot of 15, including four sixth plate Union cases including 1st brown Piano Lesson with ambrotype portrait of young lady, PLUS 2nd brown Mother & Child, reverse with grapes and leaves with daguerreotype portrait of young couple, in original seals, PLUS 3rd brown scrollwork case with ambrotype portra... > Item Details
<i>The Black Phalanx...</i>,
Lot # 852 - The Black Phalanx...,
A History of the Negro Soldiers of the United States in the Wars of 1775-1812, 1861-65 by Joseph T. Wilson, 1890, American Publishing co., Hartford, Ct., small 8vo in embossed red cloth with gilt highlights, 528pp. > Item Details
C.L. Hamilton CDV of Yankton, or Possibly Brule Sioux Man,
Lot # 252 - C.L. Hamilton CDV of Yankton, or Possibly Brule Sioux Man,
with Fort Randall, D.T. imprint, ca 1868. The vertical stripe painted down this man's forehead signifies that the Hunka (Adoption) Ceremony, one of the seven, sacred rites of the Sioux people, has been performed in his honor, probably when he was a boy. This conferred a life-long prestige on the ind... > Item Details
Civil War Special Order Transferring Geo. Armstrong Custer,
Lot # 807 - Civil War Special Order Transferring Geo. Armstrong Custer,
a printed six page document, 7" x 9.5" entitled Special Orders, No. 536 War Department Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, December 3, 1863, with line two reading 2. Captain George A. Custer, 7th Michigan Cavalry, is hereby temporarily assigned to duty at the Cavalry Bureau, and will report in pe... > Item Details
Four Enameled GAR Badges, Brigadier through Lt. General,
Lot # 854 - Four Enameled GAR Badges, Brigadier through Lt. General,
all are standard cast bronze five-pointed star GAR medals with U.S. national flag silk ribbons, or yellow silk ribbon, includes one bar form single silver star pinback, on enameled black ground, PLUS two silver star bar on enameled red ground with bronze spread-winged eagle clutching crossed cannon ... > Item Details
Winter and Pond Boudoir Photograph of Kah-chuckte, Killispoo, Alaska,
Lot # 6 - Winter and Pond Boudoir Photograph of Kah-chuckte, Killispoo, Alaska,
identified in the negative with their 1895 copyright and their Juneau imprint on verso. Like Sagunaro Jake, he stands in front of his doorway in military style clothing, a sheriff's badge visible on his chest. A name board over his door touts his story, ending with: Now I ask not for Positions. Such... > Item Details
Fine Indian Wars Army Blanket,
Lot # 379 - Fine Indian Wars Army Blanket,
60" x 79" in blur gray wool with darker blue stripes at each end, black cotton binding on ends and white embroidered M on corner, which belonged to John W. Meldrum, 14th New York Heavy Artillery. JOHN W. ("Jack") MELDRUM (1843 - 1936) was born in Caledonia, New York. He enlisted in the New York 14th... > Item Details
Boudoir Card of <i>Young Girl from Isleta Pueblo</i>,
Lot # 199 - Boudoir Card of Young Girl from Isleta Pueblo,
with Cobb, Albuquerque, New Mexico imprint, ca 1900. Title appears as pencil inscription, verso. > Item Details
Calvin Coolidge Typed Letter Signed as Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire,
Lot # 648 - Calvin Coolidge Typed Letter Signed as Lieutenant Governor of New Hampshire,
on illustrated letterhead of the Calvin Coolidge for Lieutenant-Governor campaign committee, expressing his thanks to a campaign supporter. Northampton, September 28, 1915. 1p. 4to. A rare format for Coolidge, this being his first campaign for statewide office. He won the race by 50,000 votes and wa... > Item Details
Scarce Confederate Pamphlet <i>Sketches of the Great Battles in 1861.</i>
Lot # 545 - Scarce Confederate Pamphlet Sketches of the Great Battles in 1861.
in the Confederate States of America. Sumter, Bethel, Manassas, Springfield, Hatteras, Lexington, Leesburg, Port Royal, Columbus or Belmont. Also, Sketches of Jefferson Davis and A.H. Stephens, by T.N. Ramsay, 1861, Salisbury, N.C., J.J. Bruner, small 8vo in printed paper wraps, 32pp (Parrish & Will... > Item Details
Cabinet Card of African American Soldier,
Lot # 888 - Cabinet Card of African American Soldier,
studio full-length portrait of soldier wearing a kepi with crossed sabers and H for Company H, five button frock and great coat, with R.D. Cochran, Pittsburgh, Pa. imprint. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: