NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A rare Dominion Cartridge Company ammunition board, produced in Canada in the 1930s, sold for $4,500, and world-class collection antique sewing machines brought high prices in an online auction held May 9 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction included a generous offering of advertising, toys and historic objects, in addition to Carl Koenig’s nearly 100 significant sewing machines of international origin. Also sold was a collection of rare American automobilia that including dealer-issued literature and new old-stock parts from manufacturers like Cadillac, Buick, Packard and Chevrolet, plus the fabulous automobile hood ornament collection of Stewart Ferguson.
“A month ago, we actually considered deferring this sale because of the unknown impact of the COVID pandemic,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, adding, “That would have been a grave mistake. Despite the challenges facing the world, bidding was spirited and prices were stronger than predicted. We recorded our highest presale registration rate to date.
The Dominion Cartridge ammo board (above) was the auction’s top earner. Awarded first prize for a “Vintage Canadian Outdoor Collectible” at the 2007 Canadian Decoy & Outdoor Collectibles Association Meet in 2007, the litho pasted to Masonite board was housed in a 37-by-26 inch contemporary oak frame and featured a polar bear graphic.
The sewing machines from the Koenig collection were plentiful and included the following:
– Victoria “Family” Sewing Machine, Canadian, 1880s, condition 6 (out of 10). This early Canadian sewing machine sold for $15 when it was first introduced in the late 1860s. It utilized a single thread to make a twisted loop stitch ($3,245).
– Grover & Baker Sewing Machine, American, 1860s, one of fewer than 200 known and an early example of the first portable sewing machine. The two-stitch machine was manufactured by Grover, Baker & Co. of Boston, Mass. ($2,950).
– Two Singer Featherweight Model 221s, American, 1960s, both with cases and both manufactured by Singer Sewing Machine Mfg. Co. Condition: 7. One of the machines is marked “Made in Great Britain,” the other “Made in Canada” ($2,360).
– Singer Featherweight Model 222K, American, circa 1954-1955, a Free Arm Featherweight machine, condition 9, with manual, attachments and oil can. It has the gold “Prism Design” decals and the serial number was #EK326662 ($2,280).
All of the above sewing machines sold for far above their estimates. In all, 577 lots came up for bid in an auction that grossed $262,933 (all prices quoted are in Canadian dollars).
A group of sales brochures and an owner’s manual for the American-made Duesenberg automobile – four items total, all from the 1930s, including photographs, a Model J instruction manual and two brochures – changed hands for $2,655; while a Chevrolet dealer album from 1957, with color and fabric selection booklets, finished at $2,360.
An Auburn automobile hood ornament (American, circa 1931-1932), marked “Auburn Automobile Co.,” with the surface free of pitting, went for $1,680.
A rare, single-sided porcelain sign for Keen’s Mustard (Canadian, 1930s), 30 inches by 15 inches, with excellent color and gloss, marked “The W.F. Vilas Co. Ltd., Cowansville, P.Q.,” realized $2,655. Also, a Kuntz “Bologna Girl” beer tray (Canadian, 1900s), 13 inches in diameter, marked “Kaufmann & Strauss Co., NY”, changed hands for $1,652.
A Penn-Drake Motor Oil porcelain sign (American, 1930s), 27 inches by 21 inches, with great color and gloss, marked “Made in U.S.A.” lower left edge, knocked down for $2,950.
An early 1900s cash register, “The Illinois,” made by National Cash Register, fully functional and professionally restored and polished, achieved $1,770; and a Minnitoy White Rose tanker truck toy (Canadian, 1940s), professionally restored with new paint and decals, made $1,652.
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