If you're a fan of classic movie making and photography, or simply love the style of gadgets from golden age of film, this is a treat. Hot on the heels of our January sale, we've another extensive single-owner collection of projectors, cameras and other film show and movie making equipment. The items are from the estate of a keen film buff who spent the 1950s and 60s taking his film show on the road across the villages and towns of Shropshire. Rather than trade in his old projector for the latest model, the owner simply stored them away, making for a fascinating collection that charts the development of 16mm, 9mm and Super 8 through the latter half of the 20th century. The items are untested, but have been stored with care, and this is reflected in their condition.
A number of screens and editing equipment are also present, however, what makes the collection extra special is the large collection of films.
Guaranteed to please any film-going crowd, comedies from Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd and Will Hay are all represented, but so are subjects are diverse and fascinating as a very early 1900s cartoon 'Jolly Good Fellons' from the director of 'Fantasia', and 1950s travel documentaries covering Malaya (as it was then). Also present are contemporary Second World War documentaries and a German newsreel, as well as railway subjects from as distant as Colorado to the Welsh Highlands.
The former owner, Bob Honeychurch, was also a keen home moviemaker and photographer, and the lots include some interesting still and cine cameras dating from the early 20th century, the war years and into the 1960s. Many of the film themes are influenced by his wartime service in the RAF and keen interest as a railway preservationist. (He was in fact a founder of the company that ensured the survival of the famous Welsh Highland Railway).
The sale will form part of our usual Antique & Vintage Collectables auction, and the full catalogue will be available very soon. In the meantime, please see the following lot descriptions for this section of the sale - the catalogue can be viewed in full here (scroll to lot 1185):
1185 A Bell & Howell 'Filmsound' 16mm Projector
1186 A Bell & Howell 'GB' Projector
1187 A British Thompson Houston BTH Projector
1188 A Bell & Howell Model 621 Projector
1189 A Bell & Howell 'Filmsound' 16mm Projector
1190 An AEI Model 700/701 Projector
1191 A Pathescope 200B Plus Projector
1192 A Bell & Howell Gaumont Model 601 Projector
1193 A Bell & Howell Model 601 Projector
1194 A Bell & Howell Model 601 Projector
1195 A Bell & Howell speaker, film reel holder, spare lamps, film splicer & Paillard Bolex cement
1196 A Goodmans 'Audiom 60' 15 watt speaker
1197 A dual speaker system in wooden case
1198 A Bell & Howell Speaker
1199 A Bell & Howell Speaker
1200 A Eumig P8 automatic projector in case
1201 A Bell & Howell Gaumont Model 613 Projector in case with reel, tools, original instructions and spare lamp
1202 A valve transformer, lamp and sound controller a/f
1203 Two Bell & Howell transformers
1204 Three Bell & Howell transformers
1205 A Gnome Alpha deluxe enlarger
1206 A Bell & Howell speaker
1207 Two film winders including one Bell & Howell model
1208 A pre-war HMV gramophone
1209 A vintage Mayfair gramophone
1210 Eleven 9.5 and 16mm films including 'The Road Back' war documentary, 'Britain at War', 'Camouflage', a British Transport Film and a German 16mm newsreel
1211 Twenty-six 'Super-8' films including a Tom & Jerry and Yogi Bear cartoons, US railroad documentary, 'Born Free' and 'Bridge on the River Kwai
1212 Five 16mm films including Ian Allan Ltd. 'Welsh Highland Light Railway' and 'Jiving & Jamming' by the National Film Board of Canada. Also several spare reels.
1213 20 16mm films including 'Hello Malaya', 'Singapore' and 'The Further Adventures of the Flag Lieutenant' War Department documentary.
1214 Twenty-four 9.5 and 16mm films. Mainly Second World War subjects including 'Q Ships', 'Stalingrad', 'El Alamein to Tunis', also 'Trains' and 'Laurel & Hardy'.
1215 Fifteen 16mm reels with five films including 'A Harbour goes to France' (D-Day Mulberry harbour documentary), 'Jolly Good Felons' (directed by George Stallings) cartoon.
1216 Twenty-five 16mm films including Pathe Picette 'The Great Racing Special' (including the Grand National) and 'Hollywood Musicals'; plus 'Moviepaks' films including 'Monty of Alamein' and 'Prince Charles at Play'.
1217 Twelve 16mm films including 'Dirty Work', 'Helpmates' and ''Thicker than Water' with Laurel & Hardy, 'Good Scouts' and 'Chimp the Aviator'
1218 A leather box case containing a spare projector lamp, a GB projector lense and spindles.
1219 A vintage Philips 'Disc Jockey Major' portable record player.
1220 30 16mm & 8mm films and spare reels including 'The Air Road to Gold' and the Mills/Bakst fight.
1221 A Chinon 805 S cine camera and boom mic with case.
1222 A Junior Sanderson plate camera
1223 A Contessa Nettel AGC camera
1224 An antique Lancaster & Co. field camera.
1225 A Paillard Bolex cine camera in case
1226 An Ensign cine camera and two Kodak cine cameras.
1227 A large free-standing projector screen measuring 270cm H x 240 W (height including stand)
1228 A free-standing projector screen and a table-top Raybrite cine screen.
1229 Four large projector screens, the largest measuring 267cm wide
1230 One free-standing projector screen and two table-top projector screens
1231 A Bell & Howell 'Film-O-Tripod' cine-camera stand and an Aardeco projector stand.
1232 A 'Paxette' 35mm camera
1233 A Mamiya 35mm camera
1234 A Canon 'Canonette' 35mm camera
1235 An Olympus Superzoom 1405 35mm camera and a Nikon AF230 35mm camera
1236 A Weston Master 'Universal Exposure Meter' and a Philips cassette recorder and mic.
1237 Two glazing plate warmers, a film viewer and film roller
1238 A Paillard Bolex compact cine camera in case
1239 An Eamig cine camera in case
1240 A 'Pilot Super' box camera and a Kodak box camera
1241 A Paillard Bolex Cine Camera
1242 A Walz 'Movie Editor' machine