Harley-Davidson and other motorcycle memorabilia will headline Aug. 28 auction in Davenport, Iowa A single-owner lifetime collection of motorcycle memorabilia – much of it Harley-Davidson - will be sold at an auction planned for Wednesday, Aug. 28th, by Matthews Auctions, LLC in Davenport, Iowa.
News-Antique.com - Jul 23,2013 - (DAVENPORT, Ia.) – A single-owner lifetime collection of motorcycle memorabilia – much of it Harley-Davidson and to include vintage clothing, posters, accessories, parts, signs and even three operational Servi-Car three-wheelers – will be sold at an auction on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5202 Brady Street in Davenport, at 10 a.m. (CST).
The auction will be conducted by Matthews Auctions, LLC, based in Nokomis, Ill. In addition to the motorcycle items, the sale will also feature nearly 100 examples of porcelain and painted petroliana, automobilia and antique advertising signs. For those unable to attend, Internet bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
The three three-wheelers – or “trikes” as they’re called – are from the mid-1900s (two are circa 1950s; the other was made in 1965). They are Servi-Cars, three-wheelers often used by the police, or owned as novelty vehicles by the general public. All three are operational and could conceivably be driven off the auction site. They are expected to gavel for $7,000-$15,000 each.
Harley-Davidson signs will feature a vintage cardboard sign, framed, made circa 1915 and reading “J.D. Dickerson, Rural Home” (est. $4,000-$5,000); a Sales-Service single-sided embossed tin sign (“Leo N. Herrick, Rochester, N.Y.”), with bar-and-shield logo, circa '20s/’30s (est. $3,000-$4,000); and a Sales-Service double-sided metal flange sign (est. $4,000-$5,000).
Accessories (all circa 1930s-‘50s) will include a rare Harley-Davidson mini wind sock (est. $3,000-$4,000); a Harley-Davidson metal bottle opener and spinner, in the form of a man on a motorcycle (est. $750-$1,000); a combination motorcycle grip and cigarette lighter (est. $1,000-$1,200); a Harley-Davidson pocket knife (est. $300-$500); and a brass fender mount fixture of a spread-wing eagle with Harley-Davidson bar-and-shield logo (est. $1,500-$2,000).
A great selection of 50-70 vintage motorcycle clothing items will be offered, for prices expected to bring $300 and up. These include an Atlanta Motorcycle Club jacket with Antique Motorcycles of America (AMA) patch; a Twin States Ramblers child’s leather jacket; and a full uniform, complete with pins, insignias and a cap stitched with the words “Road Kings” on it.
A group of felt pennants will also come up for bid and should fetch $1,500-$2,000 each. These will include ones for the A.M.A. Motorcycle Gypsy Tour (Belknap Mt. Area, Laconia, Gilford, N.H.); the Old Orchard Beach Maine Gypsy Tour (N.E. Champ Races, 1940); Indian Motorcycles (Hendee Mfg. Co., Springfield, Mass., with graphic of a smiling Indian); and Indian Motorcycles (Walter Goerke, Newark, N.J.), this one with a depiction of a stern-faced Indian.
A collection of vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian one-quart oil cans should hammer for around $200-$700 per can, while 30-40 other lots of oil cans and accessories will also cross the auction block. Also sold will be after-market accessories (all pertaining to Buco), such as Buco leather motorcycle gloves, Buco motorcycle goggles and after-market accessory catalogs.
Also sold will be an after-market stop light with traffic cop and American flag graphic, for car or motorcycle mounting, about 8 inches in diameter (est.