Lot 29: Climax Coin Stand (Coin Ladder). Philadelphia: Carl Brema & Son, ca. 1920. Coins from the topmost platform disappear and cascade one after another down the face of the ladder, dropping into a glass on the felt-covered platform below. Metal stand and

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October 29, 2016
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Description: Climax Coin Stand (Coin Ladder). Philadelphia: Carl Brema & Son, ca. 1920. Coins from the topmost platform disappear and cascade one after another down the face of the ladder, dropping into a glass on the felt-covered platform below. Metal stand and devilÍs head ornament with finely nickel-plated frame, upper and lower platforms, and columns. 36 x 10 x 10î assembled. With original packing case monogrammed for magician J.W. Brooks, former member of I.B.M. Ring No. 112 (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Rare. [Buffum, The Brema Brasses, pp. 122 _ 23]. Employing an automatic sand-powered delay mechanism, Brema boldly advertised its coin ladder as ñthe finest piece of apparatus of its kind ever produced ƒ self-contained, mechanically perfect, no string pulling, no assistant.î Advertisements for the costly piece appeared in a variety of magic periodicals in 1919 but ceased soon thereafter, suggesting low demand and limited production.
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