With four days to go on the bidding, this Model CC Mercury with the 1/1500 shutter has reached a bid price of $103.50 and garnered twenty-five bids.
This 1939 model was not a great market success partly because of the unreliability of the overtensed shutter, but it was definitely pushing the envelope of innovation.
The camera offered in the auction is equipped with almost every one of the accessories the company was offering including the flash which attached to the hot shoe, the rapid winder, the accessory range finder, and the extinction light meter. The lens on this example is the 35mm f/2 Hexar made by Wollensak.
Only about 3000 of the CC-1500 model were sold. War-time conditions cut off access to film supplied by Gevaert and Dufaycolor. Those films were in the standard 35mm sprocketed format, but it was rolled onto specially constructed reels with small gears which meshed with the camera's advance system.
Univex/Universal survived the war with contracts to manufacture binoculars for the armed forces. After the war, the company abandoned the CC-1500 innovations. The basic CC design was altered to produce the the Mercury II CX which used standard 35mm cartridges. That last Mercury enjoyed some market success, but ultimately succumbed to a combination of bad management decisions and fierce competitive pressure.
Thirty-five bids at the auction's end with a winning bid of $255.