Standard glaze portrait vase of a cocker spaniel brings $2,640 at Matthews Auctions A standard glaze portrait vase showing a beautifully rendered cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15-17 by Matthews Auctions, LLC, in Raymond, Illinois.
showing only minor wear in the mounting holes ($1,045). The other was an Iroquois Chief single-sided porcelain convex sign with Indian Chief graphics, rated 9+ ($1,350).
Highlights from the toys category included a Strauss “Ham and Sam the Minstrel Team” tin litho wind-up toy, 8 inches tall, rated 8.75, in good condition with an operational motor and only minor wear at the joints from routine use ($660); and a Japanese X-5 tin litho friction drive space ship, 12 inches long, rated 9, in good condition. It went to a determined bidder for $495.
A Sports Land Japanese tin litho wind-up Cardinal ride, 5 ½ inches tall, rated 7, showing wear but with a working motor, changed hands for $440; an All-Stars Mr. Baseball, Jr. tin litho battery-operated toy, showing Mickey Mantle, 7 ½ inches tall (no baseballs) went for $413; and an Arnold “Mac 700” tin litho wind-up motorcycle with rider, 7 ¾ inches long, rated 9, hit $468.
Tops in the advertising signs category was a Diamond Horseshoes Calks single-sided tin embossed sign in a wood frame, 36 inches by 24 inches, with superb graphics and in great shape with only minor wear, marked Donaldson Art Sign Co, Covington, N.Y. ($1,705). Also, a metal Penny toy ship with two stacks, 4 ¾ inches long, in very good condition, rated 9, went for $319.
Rounding out just some of the sale’s top lots, a Chein Hercules Royal Blue Line (“Coast to Coast Service”) tin litho bus, 18 inches long, rated 7.9, in good condition and with a straight body, having only minor paint damage and rust, rolled off for $633; while a die-cast Matchbox Major Caterpillar Earthmover #M-1, new in the box, rated 9.5, 4 inches long, topped out at $275.
Matthews Auctions’ next big sale is right around the corner: a Feb. 28-Mar. 1 event to be held in Peotone, Ill., prior to the start of the very popular Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show, held twice a year in Peotone. Mr. Matthews said this auction could well be his biggest sale of the year, one filled with high-value petroliana and advertising signs – truly exceptional items.
Then, on Wednesday, Apr. 3, Matthews Auctions will conduct an online-only auction, featuring 250 lots of toys (many of them automobile-related) and gas station collectibles. Items already consigned include a Marx Sunnyside gas station with the original car, Wyandott and Japanese tin litho toys and Metalcraft examples. It will be a timed event, set to begin closing at 6 p.m., with a staggered ending. Watch the website for more details: www.matthewsauctions.com.
Mr. Matthews has written a book about petroliana, titled The Fine Art of Collecting Petroliana. For information on how to order a copy, please log on to the Matthews Auctions, LLC website, at www.matthewsauctions.com. For more information about Matthews Auctions, LLC, and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auctions, log on to www.matthewsauctions.com.