NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. will hold back-to-back auctions over the weekend of September 11-12. The event on Saturday September 11 will be a Toys & Nostalgia sale, featuring the Bryan Beatty collection. The sale on Sunday September 12 will be an auction of publicity and historical objects, featuring the Scott Vanner breweriana collection.
Both auctions are online only and will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. The Bryan Beatty collection of communication-related toys and memorabilia includes a comprehensive offering of cast iron and pewter litho toys from the Victorian to the Atomic era. Mr. Beatty’s collection also includes numerous radios, microphones and typewriters, with examples spanning the 20th century.
“The Bryan Beatty collection is a brand that will survive this auction,” predicted Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Its guiding principle can be summed up in these three words: condition, condition and condition. Unlike most college professors, Bryan used the breaks between classes to seek out toys and nostalgia. He collected as he taught – academically.
Scott Vanner’s collection of Canadian brewers includes a wide assortment of beer trays and matching advertisements from the 1890s to the 1940s. A generous offering of live steam models will also be sold, the highlight being a finely crafted steam locomotive from 7 ¼ inches. Other categories in the collection that will be sold include billboards, bicycles and comic books.
Items from Mr. Vanner’s collection are “just the way collectors like them”, Mr. Miller said – “100% fresh to market”. The 7¼-inch steam locomotive could easily become the top lot of the two days, as it carries a solid pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$20,000 (all prices listed in this report are in Canadian dollars). It was already sold at Christie’s in 1985.
The steam locomotive is a well presented 7 ¼ inch gauge model of the Great Western Railway 4-6-0 locomotive and tender No. 1011 (“County of Chester”). It has been rebuilt and reboiled by F. West and Lee Green and comes complete with an overheated brazed copper boiler with fittings including gauges and pressure gauges, safety, blower, dual injector, whistle, slam and purge valves.
Two models of Canadian steam engines from very different eras carry identical estimates of $2,000 to $3,000. One is a model of a “southern” tilt valve chopper engine, with continuous rope belts, designed and built by HA Sharrar in 1971. It won the “Best Steam Display” award at the show in Milton’s Steam. The other is a very detailed model of the steam engine which powered the machinery of the Dominion Organ & Piano Co. (Bowman, Ont.), built by R. Fishleigh in 1890.
Other notable Day 2 deals include a Worth and Martin (Toronto) one cent bull’s head perfume dispenser (“Take the bull by the horns!”), made in 1902, of solid brass with a mirror in glass and capable of accepting large Canadian cents (estimate: $6,000 to $9,000); and an American-made 1940s Chevrolet Wayne Model 60 gas pump, 92 inches tall and professionally restored by Chevrolet, including reproduction paint and globe lenses (estimate: $6,000-$9,000 ).
A Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox, made in America in 1946, has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. The Model 1015 is one of the most iconic jukeboxes ever made. This one is a fine working example and comes with 24 vintage rock ‘n’ roll records. Additionally, an 1869 French-style Boneshaker bicycle with a painted iron frame, wooden rims, and professionally restored wheels should cost between $3,000 and $3,500. The rear brake is activated by turning the handlebars forward.
A Molson’s Beer clock, made for the French-Canadian market in the 1930s, in porcelain with a screen-printed metal dial marked “Made in Germany,” is expected to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000. Very few porcelain advertising signs were equipped with high quality mechanical clocks. Additionally, a Black Cat Shoe Polish lithographed pewter clock, made in Canada in the early 20th century, marked “MacDonald Mfg. Co. Limited, Toronto,” non-functional, has an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000.
A 1913 J. Smith & Sons English tower clock having a cast iron frame with steel components, saved and restored after the demolition of the post office it served in the town of Bowmanville from 1912 to 1965, is expected to reach 3 $000 to $5000. Also from England, a restored 1950s Austin Junior J-40 pedal car with working horn and headlights fetches between $2,000 and $3,000. Nearly 32,000 J-40 pedal cars were produced from 1950 to 1971.
A Miller High Life Beer two-sided porcelain hanging sign, made in the 1930s and originally designed to accommodate neon strips surrounding the perimeter, 35 ½ inches by 46 inches, is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000 $; while a mechanical 1920s commercial cigar humidor, made in America of quarter-sawn oak with etched glass panels and nickel-plated fittings, labeled “The Loudon Cigar Case” with various patent dates , is expected to fetch between $3,500 and $6,000.
Throwback to Day 1. One item sure to be a hit with bidders (but not part of the Beatty collection) is a Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Slugger baseball bat signed in blue marker by Hall of Fame legend Mickey Mantle (estimate: $2,000 – $2,500). Included is an official 1992 MLB photo of Mantle and a 2001 PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity signed by James J. Spence, Jr.
From the Beatty Collection, a 1950s RCA Type 77 DX American ribbon microphone in brushed steel and chrome, in the rare and iconic “pill” design, mounted on a contemporary powder coated base, is expected to retail for $2,000 at $3,000. Also, a 1940s/50s RCA Type 91B microphone and desk stand MI4092, having a brushed chrome and powder coated base and mounted on a rare and correct base, 9 inches tall (microphone stand) has an estimate of $800 to $1,200.
Internet bidding for the auction of 875 lots will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, as well as the Miller & Miller website: www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com. Bidders can tune into the live webcast on both days to watch the lots close in real time. Telephone and correspondence bids will be accepted.
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has two more auctions scheduled for the fall: a gun, sports and Canadiana auction on October 9 (consignment deadline: September 10); and a Watches & Jewelry auction on November 20 (consignment deadline: Oct. 15). Both auctions will take place online only.
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high value collections and always accepts quality shipments. The company specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.
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