Aetna Insurance Co. reverse glass painted sign with mother of pearl inlay brings $51,300 at auction An Aetna Insurance Company glass painted sign with mother of pearl inlay, 34 inches square and in excellent like-new condition, sold for $51,300 at an auction held April 4-6 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
condition and measuring 15 ¼ inches by 19 ½ inches, brought $27,600. Also, a De Laval Cream Separator die-cut two-sided flange sign, mounted on a wood display stand and showing just a few minor rubs and scratches, changed hands for $6,400.
A Skinner’s Satins self-framed oval tin sign (Chas. W. Shonk Lithographers, Chicago), in near-mint condition and with a boldly rendered Native American in full headdress graphic, rose to $24,000; a sheep weathervane made of zinc, in very good original condition, fetched $25,650; and an October Sweet Apple Cider stoneware crock (“Good to the Core”) commanded $2,700.
A Mills one-armed bandit miner-themed slot machine, taking 25 cents per play and possibly attributed to Frank Polk, 76 inches tall and in very good working condition, made $17,100; and a Union Pacific System die-cut porcelain shield sign (“The Overland Route”), professionally restored and in excellent condition, measuring 38 ¼ inches by 42 inches, breezed to $12,540.
Two other lots cracked the $10,000 mark. One was a Puffer Hubbard Company salesman’s sample silo (the Minneapolis panel silo), in very good original condition, 16 inches tall and 8 ¾ inches in diameter ($11,400). The other was an Adams Bagnel antique oscillating gyro fan, the earliest version of a gyro fan by Adams Bagnel and in excellent restored condition ($10,200).
Coffee anyone? A Model 716 Enterprise floor model coffee grinder (Patent 1898) with the original paint, stenciling, eagle finial and pan, in very good condition, 58 ½ inches tall, coasted to $9,000; and a coffee mill container tin and coffee tin with elk motif (A. Schilling & Co., San Francisco; and Norton Brothers, Chicago, makers), in very good condition, realized $3,000.
A Life-Savers die-cut cardboard string hanging two-sided sign, 10 inches by 12 inches, in very good condition except for some edge wear at the bottom and corners and at the top hole went for $9,600; and a rare Merry War pure powdered lye tin match holder (“The girl who knows the best”), made by E. Myers Lye Company (St. Louis, Mo.), 3 ¾ inches tall, commanded $4,500.
A hard-to-find Red Goose Shoes cast-iron string holder with most of the original paint intact and in very good overall condition (14 inches by 10 inches) went to a determined bidder for $4,200; and a Tuxedo Perfect Tobacco cardboard store display box, showing a picture of baseball player Harry Gowdy and with a quote attributed to him endorsing the product, hammered for $2,500.
Showtime Auction Services’ next big auction is slated for October 2-5, also at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor. Headlining the four-day event will be the entire 50-year collection of Bud and Sally Bassett, dedicated collectors of country store and advertising. All 2,000 lots will be sold with no minimums or reserves (other consignments may have reserves).
Showtime Auction Services is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call Michael Eckles at (951) 453-2415, or you can e-mail him at MikEckles@aol.com