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Miller & Miller’s Online-Only Petroliana, Advertising Signs & Memorabilia Auction, December 4th, is Packed with 530 Lots

New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, November 24, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. will usher out 2021 with an online-only Petroliana, Advertising Signs & Memorabilia auction on Saturday, December 4th, beginning at 9 am Eastern time. The sale will include seldom-seen Canadian soda signs from the 40-year collection of James Burridge and the advertising collection of the late Dave Toccalino.

The sale also boasts a carefully curated offering of jukeboxes, gasoline pumps, toys and original memorabilia from the 1890s-1970s. Overall, 530 lots will come up for bid, in categories that include advertising signs, advertising tins, general store, tobacco, clocks, coin-op, petroliana (gas station collectibles), automobilia (car collectibles), breweriana (beer memorabilia) and more.

“In the early 1980s, Jim Burridge built a collection of the rarest Orange Crush, Coca-Cola and other soda advertising signs,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “His entire collection is offered here and the condition is off the charts. Also, petroliana collectors will vie for a pair of single-owner Red Indian gasoline signs and the cleanest collection of White Rose and Enarco oil cans we’ve ever offered. It’s a great lineup of good, fresh, honest advertising.”

An expected top lot is the rare, 1930s Canadian Eco Model 160 clockface gas pump with original reverse painted glass dials and the correct nozzle. It’s marked “Service Station Equipment Co. Ltd. Toronto Winnipeg Made in the U.S.A.”. The rare Canadian clockface pump, which has had an older, professional restoration to the Texaco colors, carries an estimate of $20,000-$25,000.

All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.

Vintage Canadian service station signs will be led by a circular, 1946 McColl-Frontenac double-sided porcelain sign, six feet in diameter, marked “P&M-46” on the bottom (estimate: $12,000-$15,000); and a 1930s Red Indian single-sided porcelain sign, also circular, five feet in diameter, marked “The W. F. Vilas Co. Limited, Cowansville, P.W.” (estimate: $7,000-$9,000). Both signs are from Harron’s General Store in Elsinore, Ontario. Their slogan was, “Call Elsinore, 424”.

Also up for bid will be a circular, 1957 Supertest double-sided porcelain sign, among Canada’s most iconic service station signs, five feet in diameter, marked “P&M Orillia 57”, with an overall condition grade of 8.25 (estimate: $7,000-$9,000); and a professionally restored 1950s Canadian ESSO double gasoline pump, professionally restored to Imperial ESSO, with original porcelain faces and a reproduction globe, tagged “Gilbarco Sales”, graded 8.25 (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).

Slot machines, jukeboxes and phonographs will feature the following American-made examples:

  • A 1947 Mills “Bart” Black Beauty model 25-cent slot machine fitted to a later hand-carved, painted life-size prospector after Frank Polk, working (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1956 Seeburg (Chicago) VL200 Select-O-Matic jukebox, referred to as “VL” or “The Cadillac of Jukeboxes”, operates via coin or a credit button (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1920s Edison Opera Cylinder phonograph, considered by collectors the finest of the Edison cylinder phonographs, with mahogany case and horn (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

Soda memorabilia is also hugely popular with collectors. The auction will include the following:

  • A 1930s Canadian Orange Crush single-sided tin sign, 54 inches tall by 18 inches wide, graded 8.75, marked “St. Thomas Metal Signs, Ltd., Ontario” (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1930s Canadian Coca-Cola single-sided tin sign, also 54 inches tall by 18 inches wide, marked “St. Thomas Metal Signs, Ltd., Ontario”, graded 9.25 (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).
  • A 1930s Canadian Orange Crush single-sided tin sign, 54 inches tall by 18 inches wide, graded 8.5, marked “St. Thomas Metal Signs, Ltd., Ontario” (estimate: $4,000-$5,000).

Finally, for categories, these barber shop items are sure to be a big hit for collectors of the genre:

  • A 1920s American Koken porcelain barber chair with nickel-plated trim, professionally restored including brand new top grain upholstery and plating (estimate: $3,000-$5,000).
  • A 1930s American Emil J. Paidar (Chicago) child’s barber chair, porcelain with a painted white horse, restored, with new upholstery and horse’s head (estimate: $3,000-$4,000).
  • A 1940s American Emil J. Paidar (Chicago) porcelain and cast-iron barber pole, with a lighted rotating striped cylinder, encased in glass, 83 inches (estimate: $3,000-$4,000).

Automotive offerings will be led by a 1940s American Desoto Plymouth Service dealership sign, double-sided porcelain, graded 9.25, circular, 40 ¼ inches in diameter (estimate; $4,000-$6,000).

This will be an online-only auction, with no in-person event to attend, but bidders can tune in to the live webcast on December 4th at www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com to watch the lots close in real time. Internet bidding will be provided by the Miller & Miller website, as well as the popular platform LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the online-only December 4 auction, visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.

A 7 1/4 Inch Gauge Model Steam Engine of The Great Western Railway 4-6-0 Locomotive and Tender Brings $15,340 at Auction

New Hamburg, ON, Canada, September 21, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Wheels in motion appealed to bidders on Day 2 of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s back-to-back online auctions held Sept. 11th-12th, as a 7 ¼ inch gauge model steam locomotive of the Great Western Railway 4-6-0 locomotive and tender No. 1011 rolled away for $15,340, while an 1869 French style Boneshaker bicycle sped off for $10,620.

All prices quoted here are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.

The Saturday, September 11th event was a Toys & Nostalgia sale, featuring the Bryan Beatty collection of toys and communication-related memorabilia, including a well-rounded offering of cast iron and tin litho toys from the Victorian to the Atomic era. Mr. Beatty’s collection also included many radios, microphones and typewriters, with examples spanning the 20th century.

The Sunday, September 12th sale was an Advertising & Historic Objects auction, featuring the Scott Vanner breweriana collection. The finely engineered 7 ¼ inch gauge steam locomotive was the expected Day 2 headliner and was the auction’s top lot. It was rebuilt and reboilered by F. West and Lee Green and came with a brazed superheated copper boiler with fittings and gauges.

The 1869 French style Boneshaker bicycle featured a painted iron frame, wood rims and restored wheels, and had a rear brake that was activated by twisting the handlebars forward. It nearly tripled its $3,500 high estimate. Also, a Canadian 1897 Brantford Bicycle Company (Brantford, Ontario), fully restored mechanically and cosmetically, with original wood rims, handle bars and seat, a custom-made solid wood display stand and added stamped leather pouch, rang up $3,835.

“Who says specialized collector auctions are the only way to drive top results?” inquired Ben Lennox of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Our auctions have showed that great results can be achieved in a highly diverse sale anchored around two solid collections and many different collecting categories. We pride ourselves in bringing objects of merit to the collecting world.”

Lennox said, “When I analyzed the results of the two-day September sale, I’d never seen such a diversity in the genres collecting – bicycles, radios, microphones, tin toys, graded comic books, cast iron mechanical banks, toy trains, clocks, breweriana, signs and advertising, jukeboxes, coin-operated novelties, steam engines, gas pumps and even a Mickey Mantle autographed bat.”

Lennox concluded, “We’re thrilled that people are taking notice, and that so many collecting categories are hot. While advertising signs continue to achieve record results month after month, it’s exciting to see strong results across the board. We’re still unable to host in-person sales, but our Miller & Miller bidding platform, plus LiveAuctioneers.com, attracts bidders far and wide.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction, which grossed $133,045 on Day 1 and $323,792 on Day 2, for a total of $456,837, including the buyer’s premium. On Day 1, 311 bidders placed 5,437 bids, while on Day 2, 426 bidders placed 8,466 bids, online via the Miller & Miller website and on LiveAuctioneers.com. Of the 895 total lots, 96 percent were sold.

A Miller High Life Beer two-sided porcelain hanging sign, made in America in the 1930s and originally designed to accommodate bands of neon surrounding the perimeter, 35 ½ inches by 46 inches, found a new owner for $7,670. Also, a Worth and Martin (Toronto) one-cent bull’s head perfume dispenser (“Take the bull by the horns!”), made in 1902, solid brass with a glass mirror and able to accept large Canadian cents, 12 inches tall, with the original cashbox, made $5,900.

A Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox, made in America in 1946, among the most identifiable and iconic jukeboxes ever produced, this one is a fine functioning example that actually came loaded with 24 period rock ‘n’ roll records, changed hands for $7,670; while a Wurlitzer “2500” model jukebox, made in America in 1961, an exceptional, functioning survivor example, hit $3,540.

Steam engines proved extremely popular with bidders. A few of the top performers included:

  • A Cretors & Co. No. 1 Popcorn Machine steam engine (American, 1906), designed to accompany Cretors popcorn vending machines, decorated to attract customers at fairs and other social events, made of cast iron, brass and copper, professionally painted ($5,605).
  • A highly detailed scale model of the steam engine that ran machinery for the Dominion Organ & Piano Co. (Bowmanville, Ont., Canada), built by R. Fishleigh in 1890 ($5,015).
  • A model horizontal twin steam mill engine (American, 1890s), made of solid brass and painted, mounted to a fitted walnut base, an exceptionally high-quality live steam model featuring twin cylinders and a reverse-action switch, with a refinished base ($4,425).

A Wayne Model 60 American-made Chevrolet gas pump from the 1940s, 92 inches tall and professionally restored to Chevrolet, including paint and reproduction globe lenses, went to a dedicated man cave enthusiast for $5,605. Also, an ECO Islander model 242 air and water station made in the USA in the 1950s, a complete original example of mid-20th century petroliana, with a cast body and porcelain globe, a candidate for restoration, 53 ½ inches tall, brought $4,425.

A Molson’s Beer clock, made for the French-Canadian market in the 1930s, porcelain with a screened metal clock dial marked “Made in Germany”, one of very few porcelain advertising signs appointed with high quality mechanical clocks, finished at $5,605. Also, a Molson Ale & Porter porcelain corner sign, made in Canada in the 1930s, designed for mounting to the exterior corner of a building (or post), 48 inches in height by 10 inches wide, knocked down for $4,425.

An English 1913 J. Smith & Sons tower clock having a cast iron frame with steel components, rescued and restored after the post office building it served in Bowmanville, Ontario from 1912-1965 was torn down, having a cast iron 48-inch diameter dial set with milk glass panels, intended to be backlit, mechanically functioning, and with a 60-inch-long pendulum, realized $3,540.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has three more online-only auctions lined up for the balance of this year: a Firearms, Sporting & Canadiana auction on October 9th; a Watches & Jewels auction on November 20th; and a Petroliana, Breweriana & Advertising auction on December 4th. To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and firm’s calendar of upcoming events, visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.

The Kim Hammergren Collection of Rare Vintage Jukeboxes and Other Items will be Auctioned Sept. 3-4 in Macon, Georgia

Macon, GA, USA, August 14, 2021 -/ExPressRelease UK/- Just like the news of Mark Twain’s death, reports of Preston Evans’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated. The longtime auctioneer will find himself conducting yet another major two-day auction event, in Macon, on back-to-back days and at a different venue each day, on Labor Day weekend, September 3-4. The sale will liquidate the estate of Kim Hammergren.

“The past eighteen months have been difficult in so many ways, and my heart goes out to all who have been severely affected by the pandemic,” Mr. Evans said from his home in Macon. “One loss that was especially difficult for me was the loss of my longtime friend, Kim Hammergren. I’m honored to have been asked by his wife Peggy and his children to liquidate his collections.”

Mr. Evans said a huge overflow of items, especially jukebox parts and accessories, will be sold in Auction #1, on Friday, September 3rd, at 1011 Bass Road in Macon. It will feature jukebox parts (including speakers and wall boxes) and jukeboxes that can be restored or used for parts, plus other kinds of interesting items that fans of Preston Opportunities auctions are accustomed to viewing and bidding on. Vintage motorcycles will be a component of Auction #1. A preview will begin at 8 am. The auction will start at 10:30 am (all times Eastern).

Auction #2, the following day, will be held at the former Mercy Grace Church building, about ten miles from the Friday venue. Offered will be a large selection of jukeboxes, Catalin and Bakelite radios from the 1930s and ‘40s, coin-ops, Coca-Cola machines, cash registers, slot machines, arcade games, trade stimulators, advertising items and more motorcycles, by names such as BSA, Cushman, Harley-Davidson and Triumph. Doors open at 7:30 am; the auction starts at 11:15 am.

The Friday auction will be conducted for a live audience only; no online bidding at all. The Saturday auction will be a live event with Internet bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The large crop of vintage jukeboxes includes an excellent example of the Wurlitzer 950 – the “king of jukeboxes” – so rare that one rarely appears at auction. Also up for bid will be a companion to the Wurlitzer 950, an out-of-this-world 430 speaker. Only about 280 of the speakers were produced, in 1942. Both jukebox and speaker were designed by the renowned Wurlitzer designer Paul Fuller. Other hard-to-find jukeboxes from the 1940s-1960s will also be featured.

One of Mr. Evans’s favorite items in the sale is the Mills Panoram movie machine, a forerunner of the early jukeboxes. “It came out around the time that silent movies were prevalent,” he said. “I’ve owned one or two of these machines myself. Some of the film is a little bit risqué for the times.”

Of special interest is an open-top 1920 Acme tanker truck, manufactured in Cadillac, Michigan and once used to haul gasoline from the Michigan oil refineries to gas stations. It shows the logo for MUSGO gasoline, a popular brand from the ‘20s and ‘30s. This remarkable early relic of petroliana is in top-notch condition; even the unusual solid rubber tires were replaced. The truck has been frequently exhibited in parades and other events throughout western Michigan.

The auction will also feature vintage neon signs, including a neon Hollywood sign 16 feet long and 2 feet tall, and a motel sign. “I’ve never seen as many incomparable neon signs as there are in this sale,” Mr. Evans said. Additional items include vintage movie posters for the game room, man cave memorabilia and more. The emphasis, though, will be on jukeboxes – and lots of them.

“Kim and I worked together for years, looking for interesting finds from all parts of the country,” Mr. Evans said. “Kim sold some of his finds, but he was a hoarder like so many collectors are. He amassed a large stash of 45 rpm and 78 rpm records across all musical genres, plus the many jukeboxes and an unbelievable inventory of parts for restoring classic and vintage jukeboxes.”

The boxfuls of 45 and 78 rpm records posed a cataloging challenge for Mr. Evans, who has been working at a breakneck pace getting everything ready for sale. “Some of these records are rare and quite valuable,” he said, “but I just don’t have the time to go through them all. As a result, they’ll be sold in group lots, by musical genre. Record collectors are going to leave with some fantastic bargains.”

“As usual,” Evans said, “we will have options for those who desire better seating opportunities. There will be a big tent set up for the Friday auction, and the Saturday auction will be held inside, with comfortable seating and other accommodations.” There’s no admission charge for the Friday auction; admission to the Saturday auction will be $10 per person, with no perks.

However, the purchase of a color brochure for $25 includes admission to both auction days; $50 includes a brochure, admission to both auction days, seating, and a coupon for lunch; and $100 includes a brochure, admission to both auction days, the best seating and coupons for two meals.

All attendees must register for this auction. People can register through the Preston Opportunities website: www.prestonopportunities.com. Once the registration form is completed, it can be mailed to Karen Braswell, at 110 Clarksville Court, Macon, GA 31210. Her email address is kdbraswell01@yahoo.com. Mr. Evans can be reached via email at presto434343@yahoo.com.

To learn more about this auction, please visit www.prestonopportunities.com. To inquire about purchasing a brochure, or for any other matters, send an email to presto434343@gmail.com. or kdbraswell01@yahoo.com. Preston Opportunities can be reached by phone at 678-296-3326.

About Preston Opportunities:
Preston Opportunities was begun in 1982 by Preston Evans. The auction house is known for selling uncommonly rare items and holds many records for prices realized. Their motto is, “Where Rare is Common”. For more, visit www.prestonopportunities.com.