ANTE UP: The Collection of Robert Eisenstadt

We welcome you to take part in Ante Up, the auction of the Robert Eisenstadt's incredible collection. The auction takes place on January 30, 2021 at 10:00AM CT. You can visit the auction website by clicking here.

You can also view the collection that is up for auction as a PDF.

If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Joseph Slabaugh (, 773-472-1442) at Potter & Potter Auctions.

IN MEMORIAM: Robert Eisenstadt 1942 - 2020

On June 5, 2020, Robert Eisenstadt died peacefully at home, in the loving presence of his sister Nancy and his sister's family. He will be dearly missed by all of us who loved and appreciated him. If you would like to leave a story about Robert, write a message, or read what others have written, please click here.

He took pride in his collection and loved sharing it with fellow enthusiasts; please have a look and enjoy.


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(These are not for sale; they are from my personal collection.)

These are roulette pocket watches, from the early 20th century.  They don't tell time, just a roulette game in a watch casing.  I am not expert on these, by the way, just a collector.
¶ the upper left one is unusual in that it has a square shaped housing.
¶ the upper right one is also unusual.  It is the only one I know of that has an indented paper dial and a loose small ball bearing that falls into one of the number slots.  The paper dial does the spinning, and the ball is knocked about until the dial comes to rest.  It is called "Monte Carlo," and has a maker name, "New York Novelty and Mfg. Co., NY USA."  The top is not wound; you just push the plunger to get the dial to spin.
¶ the two Monaco-Salon ones (top middle) are the most valuable, what with their enamel dials.  Unlike the others, they have a stopper button (to the right of the top; slightly visible in the photo).
¶ the lower right one (which I believe is made in Germany) is the least expensive of the lot.  All of the others are wound/twisted at the top and then pressed down to get the dial to spin.  The lower right one is different -- there is nothing to twist; there is just a spring lever on the right (can't see it in this picture) that is held down and released.
¶ generally they work this way:  Twist the knob on the top.  Needle is stationary.  Then you press and hold down the knob, and the needle spins around rapidly.    Then whenever you wish, you let go of the knob, and the needle stops! ... .... You can keep doing that for many spins; that is, you don’t have to wind it all the time.

This is a dandy. It comes in its original leatherette case that holds the roulette watch, and also has a separate compartment to hold the folded up canvas like layout!  The face of the "watch" says "Roulette" and "France."

Two horse racing "watches."  You press the plunger at the top and watch the inner dial (with the numbered horses) spin till they come to rest and the winner peeks through the "winner" window at the bottom!

Dice "watches:"

¶ the upper left one says "Otto Grun." Note the two hands that spin to show the two dice results.  Someone named Ellen Grun kindly emailed me this information about the item: "Owner and designer Otto Grun produced this dice watch in the  1950's - under Otto Grun Inc., located at 48 West 48th street, NYC.  Originally from Austria, he immigrated to the US via Ellis Island  first working as a watch maker (he had been trained as a watch maker in a school in Vienna)- and then opening his own business, which specialized in watches and costume jewelry in the lean years, and later fine watches and Jewelry that sold to Tiffany and Cartier.  The dice watch was something that naturally evolved out of his other fun pocket watch creations - he enjoyed fun and novel items. Where it was manufactured, I do not know - but this dice watch was 
created for the US market after he had been in business in NYC for  many years."

¶ the upper right one says "Sputnik" and "Made in Austria."

¶ the lower left one has a large green felt internal area for the five dice to jump about when the spring lever is pulled and released.

¶ the lower right one is a very flimsy advertising piece: "Golden Gate Manufacturing Co., New York NY .... Lager Beer Valves and Safety Faucets."  The reverse side (not shown here) has a nice embossed valve.  Nothing very mechanical here; you just shake the thing and wait for the dice to settle.

They all actually tell time.
¶ the one in the center is quite old and valuable.  The card faces show the hours.
¶ the upper left one is by Caran.  The outer rim rotates to find a winning number.  The reverse side (not shown) is for another game: the winning number there is red or black, and "1," "2." or "x."
¶ the upper right one is a modern piece of junk, a wrist watch made by "Pearl" in Hong Kong.
¶ the lower left one is interesting.  Cheap roulette game showing (you shake it to see where ball will land!), but there is a lever you can depress to see the watch dial hidden beneath the roulette game, to see the "Equs" standard watch dial,  which says "Thai Movt."  The wrist watch strap is made in China.
¶ the lower right one is made by Cross.  Just like the upper left one, the outer rim revolves.  The reverse side has a greyhound dog race game -- eight numbered dogs, half are red and half are green.

A toy wrist watch.  Teach them while they are young.  Says " Novelty Roulette Japan."  Made of tin, and canvas strap.  Plastic crystal.  See the little metal ball inside between the 12 and the 8.

This is a lady's compact made by Zephyr.  The middle dial spins to determine a winner.

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