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

Civil War Archive, of Micheal Mider, 24th O.V.I.,
Lot # 821 - Civil War Archive, of Micheal Mider, 24th O.V.I.,
16 items (10 soldiers' letters) and two photographs. A soldier in the 24th Ohio Infantry, Michael Mider wrote 10 letters to his wife and two young sons, beginning when he enlisted in July 1861 and continuing for two years - with a gap between October 1861 and November 1862. Easy going, confident, a... > Item Details
Steel Engraving, <i>First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation</i>,
Lot # 1212 - Steel Engraving, First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation,
an outstanding 27" x 37" black and white engraving, with full title being The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie and dated 1866, in period frame, 33" x 43". > Item Details
Two Manuscripts Relating to British Prisoners of War at Frederick Town, Md.,
Lot # 481 - Two Manuscripts Relating to British Prisoners of War at Frederick Town, Md.,
first is 1p, 8.75" x 8", at top A Gen'l. Return of all the Prisoners at the Post of Frederick Town July 28(?) 1782, and below 80 prisoners out on Bond at This Post Per Order of Col. Thomas Ls.(?) of Fred'k. County, and signed M. Bayly, D.C.(?). The chart lists regiments and officers by grade ("Major... > Item Details
Washington Crossing the Delaware Union Case,
Lot # 723 - Washington Crossing the Delaware Union Case,
fine example of one of the more sought after full plate Union cases in brown, with plain back, made to sit flat on table, Washington Crossing the Delaware, after a painting by Emmanuel Leutze, made by P.I. Smith & Hartman, New York, ca 1850-60, with original blue velvet liner. > Item Details
William Henry Harrison Funeral Broadside from Philadelphia,
Lot # 670 - William Henry Harrison Funeral Broadside from Philadelphia,
Funeral Honors to the Late President, Philadelphia, 1841, 5.5" x 18". Arrangements for the procession and ceremonies attending the reception of the remains of William Henry Harrison in Philadelphia on April 20, 1841. J.R. Ingersoll, the Whig Congressman from Philadelphia, was the Chief Marshall. The... > Item Details
Lot of Two Sixth Plate Ambrotypes of Armed Yanks,
Lot # 755 - Lot of Two Sixth Plate Ambrotypes of Armed Yanks,
both unidentified. A ruby ambrotype of an early volunteer in a fine gutta percha wall frame. He carries a M1855 musket and wears a kepi with oilcloth cover, his four button sack coat tucked into the trousers. The tintype in patriotic brass mat shows a seated infantry private uniformed in nine button... > Item Details
Pressed Horn Andrew Jackson Figural Cane,
Lot # 674 - Pressed Horn Andrew Jackson Figural Cane,
with knob being bust of Jackson with 0.25" brass collar and mounted on a tapered knobby hardwood shaft with old replaced ferrule, total length 33". > Item Details
Four CSA Railroad Tickets,
Lot # 834 - Four CSA Railroad Tickets,
three of the partially printed tickets are from The Western & Atlantic R.R. all 2" x 5" printed in red and black with illustration of a train at top, all dated 1862 and signed by Wm. Grisham and one other, AND a 2" x 4.5" ticket headed Quartermaster’s Department, C.S.A. for two seats from Grenada, M... > Item Details
Fine 1836 Andrew Jackson Political Print,
Lot # 1200 - Fine 1836 Andrew Jackson Political Print,
entitled The Debilitated Situation of a Monarchal [sic] Government…The Flourishing Condition of a well-formed Industrious Republic…, n.p., anonymous, 1836, Reilly 1836-2. Jackson, representing the flourishing and industrious Republic, confronts King Louis Philippe of debilitated France in a show-dow... > Item Details
Fine Uniformed Early Robert E. Lee Tintype,
Lot # 510 - Fine Uniformed Early Robert E. Lee Tintype,
2" x 2.25", rarely found in a tintype version, shoulder-length portrait of a very young Robert E. Lee, inscribed on front, Sept. 23 1860, Gen. R.E. Lee. > Item Details
Victorian Half Sheet Poster Entitled <i>The Royal Oak</i> with Portraits of British Royal Family,
Lot # 1339 - Victorian Half Sheet Poster Entitled The Royal Oak with Portraits of British Royal Family,
22.75" x 31.5" with oval portraits on blue branching tree ground, full title along lower margin reading Victoria The Royal Oak Regina 1837-1893 Showing The Pedigree of H.R.H. The Duke of York, K.G. with subtitle below The Queens Descendants: 4 Sons, 5 Daughters, 18 Grandsons, 22 Granddaughters, 9 Gr... > Item Details
Large Group of African American Cabinet Cards, Real Photo Postcards and More,
Lot # 1074 - Large Group of African American Cabinet Cards, Real Photo Postcards and More,
lot of 21, with seven cabinet card photographs, includes 1st an interesting card by New Century View Co., Cincinnati of a young African American worker cleaning out a large iron furnace with fork on hand, identified on reverse as Agnes Spears, PLUS 2nd composite photograph entitled Little Ethiopians... > Item Details
A.P. Todd Cabinet Card of an Ojibwa Group,
Handmade Soldiers Memorial for Wm. G. Kimberlin, CSA 8th KY Infantry,
Lot # 880 - Handmade Soldiers Memorial for Wm. G. Kimberlin, CSA 8th KY Infantry,
includes a framed group of eight paper items and one envelope. The framed group includes four clipped newspaper articles about William G. Kimberlin, 8th Kentucky Cavalry. While William was captured on several occasions he always managed to escape, until captured at Selma, Ala., April 3, 1865, at th... > Item Details
Seven Pamphlets on Slavery and Reconstruction,
Lot # 1146 - Seven Pamphlets on Slavery and Reconstruction,
all 12mo pamphlets in self wraps except last including the following titles: Rep. No. 691 Slavery in the District of Columbia. May 18, 1836, 25pp, printed by Blair & Rivers, PLUS Speech of Mr. Slade, of Vermont, On the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade in the District of Columbia. Delivered i... > Item Details
Two Fine Occupational CDVs,
Lot # 1274 - Two Fine Occupational CDVs,
both anonymous, 1st showing two full-length lumberjacks, each with axe, AND 2nd three men, with aprons, all wearing similar hats and smoking pipes or cigar. > Item Details
Collection of Winchester and Parker Firearms Envelopes and Other Ephemera,
Lot # 1338 - Collection of Winchester and Parker Firearms Envelopes and Other Ephemera,
lot of seven. Includes two chromolithographed Winchester envelopes addressed to a Mr. Hugh R. Cowles in Statesville, NC., postmarked and dated, the 1st bearing the date of Aug. 18, 1903, and containing a lithographed, partially printed Odell Hardware Co., cartridge invoice, 4.5" x 8.5", the 2nd bear... > Item Details
Cabinet Card of <i>Unap</i>, Kiowa,
Lot # 949 - Cabinet Card of Unap, Kiowa,
photographer unidentified. The subject is holding an eagle feather fan. His hair braids are wrapped with otter fur. > Item Details
1905 Yosemite Souvenir Book,
Lot # 1023 - 1905 Yosemite Souvenir Book,
small 12mo in illustrated light card stock boards with original taped spine, published by D.J. Foley, Pohono Studio, Yosemite, Calif., 1905, 126pp fully illustrated with tipped in 6" x 8.5" map entitled Map of Yosemite Valley, by F.M. Day and Co., and 2nd 6" x 8.5" tipped in map anonymous, entitled ... > Item Details
Hamilton & Hoyt Stereoview of a <i>Village Scene at the Omaha Agency</i>,
Lot # 116 - Hamilton & Hoyt Stereoview of a Village Scene at the Omaha Agency,
with Sioux City, Iowa imprint, ca 1870, on light green mount. The structure in the foreground is a corn-drying stage, where in late summer the family's crops would be processed, dried and stored for winter use. On hot days it provided a shaded work area or, as here, a castle lookout for adventurous ... > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20
SKIP TO PAGE: