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.
$1,000-$1,500); a very retro and colorful space-ship design hood ornament for car or motorcycle, metal, made in the 1940s or ‘50s (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a genuine 1907 bicycle used for mail delivery RFD (Rural Free Delivery) in Carlisle, Pa. The bike, with wooden rims, is expected to hammer for $2,000-$4,000.
Petroliana signs will feature a group of Signal Gasoline single-sided porcelain pump plate signs, all about 12 inches in diameter and all expected to bring $1,200-$2,000 each; a William Penn Motor Oils (Permit No. 29) double-sided porcelain sign (“100% Pure Pennsylvania Oil”), 24 inches in diameter (est. $5,000-$7,000); an En-ar-co Motor Oil (“White Rose Gasoline”) single-sided round porcelain sign, with graphic of a man in short checkered pants (est. $2,000-$3,000); and a Husky Hi-Power single-sided porcelain sign with dog image (est. $5,000-$6,000).
Advertising signs will include a Ben-Hur Grocer double-sided porcelain sign (“Full Line Agency – The Sign of a Dependable Grocer”), with graphics of Ben-Hur coffee, tea and other products (est. $7,000-$10,000); and a Povely (“Baby First Best Milk”) single-sided porcelain sign with image of a baby clutching a bottle and smiling (est. $5,000-$7,000). Also sold will be a group of black memorabilia cast-iron banks, all circa 1880-1920, by J. & E. Stevens and others.
The Clarion Hotel & Convention Center is located at 5202 Brady Street in Davenport, Ia. Matthews Auctions has secured a special discounted rate for those attending the auction. To get the special rate, you may call the hotel directly, at (563) 391-1230 and mention the Matthews Auctions group block of rooms. The discounted rate will apply only to a limited block of rooms.
Dan 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 upcoming Aug. 28 auction in Iowa, please log on to www.matthewsauctions.com.