NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Wheels in motion appealed to bidders on Day 2 of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s back-to-back online auctions held September 11 and 12, as a 7 ¼ in gauge model steam locomotive of the Great Western Railway 4-6-0 locomotive and tender No. 1011 rolled away for $15,340, while an 1869 French-style Boneshaker bicycle sped off for $10,620. All prices quoted are given in Canadian dollars.
The September 11 sale, Toys & Nostalgia, featured the Bryan Beatty collection, a well-rounded offering of cast iron and tin litho toys from the Victorian to the Atomic era. Beatty’s collection also included many radios, microphones and typewriters, with examples spanning the 20th century.
The September 12 sale, dubbed Advertising & Historic Objects, showcased the Scott Vanner breweriana collection. The aforementioned finely-engineered steam locomotive was the auction’s top lot. It was rebuilt and reboilered by F. West and Lee Green and came with a brazed superheated copper boiler with fittings and gauges.
The 1869 French style Boneshaker bicycle featured a painted iron frame, wood rims and restored wheels, and had a rear brake that was activated by twisting the handlebars forward. It nearly tripled its $3,500 high estimate.
A Miller High Life Beer two-sided porcelain hanging sign, made in America in the 1930s, found a new owner for $7,670.
Also, a 1902 Worth and Martin one-cent bull’s head perfume dispenser (“Take the bull by the horns!”), with the original cashbox, realized $5,900.
A Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox, made in America in 1946, a fine functioning example that came with 24 period rock ‘n’ roll records, changed hands for $7,670; while a Wurlitzer “2500” model jukebox, made in America in 1961, hit $3,540.
Steam engines proved extremely popular with bidders. One of the top performers was Cretors & Co. No. 1 Popcorn Machine steam engine designed to accompany Cretors popcorn vending machines, which sold for $5,605.
A Wayne Model 60 American-made Chevrolet gas pump from the 1940s went to a dedicated bidder for $5,605. Also, an ECO Islander model 242 air and water station, made in the USA in the 1950s, brought $4,425.
A Molson’s Beer clock, made for the French-Canadian market in the 1930s, finished at $5,605. Also, a Molson Ale & Porter porcelain corner sign, made in Canada in the 1930s, achieved $4,425.
The current rate of exchange is dollar CA 1 = 79 cents.
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