Mr. Jefcoat, 95, began his collection in earnest in 1972 following the death of his wife. It has since become famous throughout the region. His main passion is music machines, to include rare and vintage phonographs (many with horns), Regina disc players and players by other makers, jukeboxes, Victrolas, cylinder boxes, organs, band boxes, coin-operated items, Black Forest cuckoo clocks, hanging oil lamps and many other items in a variety of collecting genres.
“This collection is an auctioneer’s dream,” remarked Catherine Winstead of Winstead’s Auction Company. “I was fortunate to have been chosen to handle his estate. Sotheby’s came and looked at what he had, and he was also courted by many other big auction houses from far away. But in the end he decided to keep it local. It all happened very quickly. I’m still reeling.”
Almost anyone would be. The June 18 sale will feature around 500 museum-quality lots from Mr. Jefcoat's personal collection. Also sold will be duplicate items from The Brady C. Jefcoat Museum (still open and operational)
For people planning to attend the June 18 sale, Winstead’s Auction Company is located at 201 Main Street in Yanceyville, N.C., near the Virginia state line, about an hour north of Raleigh and 45 minutes east of Greensboro, off Highways 86 and 158. There will be no Internet bidding, but phone and absentee bids will be accepted. To view the many items to be sold, visit www.winsteadsauction.com.
The name Edison is synonymous with vintage music-playing machines, and this auction will feature many examples. These include an Edison Bell Electrotone German Excelsior reproducer/talking machine with cupids on all sides and a huge horn; a rare Class M battery-operated phonograph; and an Edison Triumph #66907 with Cygnet horn and original gold paint.
Other phonographs will include an oak case Edison Model M spring-model reproducer with 5-inch Mandrel, oak Cygnet horn and Music Master label (plus tag from Theo F. Bentel & Co.); an Edison Model A Oxidized Bronze reproducer (serial #4484), type SM, with 21-inch mahogany Cygnet horn; and an Edison Model B reproducer with two- and four-minute gearing.
Regina is another name coveted by collectors. This sale will include an upright coin-op 27-inch Regina Corona disc player with the original finish, automatic changer, double comb box and 12 discs; a coin-op oak Regina 27-inch disc player with fancy carvings, 12 automatic changer; an oak coin-op bow-front Regina 12-disc changer; and a rare coin-op oak upright Regina Hexaphone with six interchangeable cylinders.
Two items are certain to get paddles wagging. The first is an oak carved German-made grandfather clock with a built-in Schultz-Marke 12-inch disc player. The other is an oak hall tree with weight-driven clock, beveled mirrors, swinging pendulum and beveled glass. Also sold will be an RCA Victor “Nipper” the mascot dog (3 feet tall) with a speaker in his belly.
Jukeboxes will be served up in abundance. Examples include a totally restored Wurlitzer Model 750 jukebox; a 24-selection 1948 Wurlitzer Model 1100 jukebox; a coin-op Ristaucrat Model 45-S table jukebox that plays 45 rpm records, 16 ½ inches tall; and a circa 1950s Seeburg Model 200 Wall-o-Matic table jukebox. Also sold will be an automated Chicago Coins band box.
Also slated to cross the block will be a coin-op upright Symphonion musical automation disc player with three drawers, by Schultz-Marke;
Rounding out the list of expected top lots will be a Swiss-made oak cylinder music box with carvings by Jacot & Sons (1885); a Stella fancy-carved Jacot & Sons 17-inch disc music box with drawer and four discs; a Symphonion double 12-inch disc music box by Schultz-Marke;
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All of the items just described will be in the June 18 auction in Yanceyville. The June 24-25 auction will be held at Mr. Jefcoat’s residence, at 6017 Donnybrook Road in Raleigh. The house and property will not be offered, just the merchandise inside. Items in Mr. Jefcoat’s home were still being inventoried at press time, but the variety and quality will be same as on June 18.
The June 18 auction will begin promptly at 12:00 noon (EDT). Previews will be held on Thursday, June 16, from 11-5; on Friday, June 17, from noon to 6:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, June 18, the day of sale, from 9 a.m. to noon. Previews may also be arranged by appointment (please call 336-599-7508)
To learn more about Winstead’s Auction Company and the upcoming June 18 and June 24-25 living estate sale of Brady C. Jefcoat, please log on to www.winsteadsauction.com.
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