’41 Harley Knucklehead revs up Jasper52 auction Oct. 10

1941 Harley Davidson FL, 74-cubic-inch Knucklehead OHV engine, in running order. Estimate: $70,000-$100,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Americana comes in many forms, from unique homemade objects to mass-produced commercial pieces from cultural icons. The Jasper52 Americana and Folk Art auction on Thursday, Oct. 10, will have a generous mix of both. The auction opens with an early 20th century cast-iron doorstop in the form of a monkey and quickly accelerates to an “iron hog” – a 1941 Harley Davidson FL motorcycle. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

In 1941, the year America was plunged into World War II, Harley-Davidson introduced its FL line powered by a 74-cubic-inch OHV Knucklehead overhead valve engine. The Knucklehead would be the primary engine used by Harley-Davidson until 1947 when it would be replaced by the Panhead the following year. Prewar Knuckleheads are getting hard to find and 1941 is a landmark year with the introduction of the larger engine. The bike offered in the auction features original sheet metal, dash, speedometer and headlight and is in running condition. It is expected to sell for upwards of $100,000.

Another cultural giant in America is Coca-Cola, represented in this auction by a scarce 1940s 3D advertising sign. The metal sign often hung from the ceiling of a store with its arrow pointing to a nearby Coca-Cola cooler filled with bottles of the ice-cold soft drink. The sign in the auction has been stashed away for many years and is in remarkable condition (est. $4,000-$5,000).

Coca-Cola 3D sign, made by Kay Display, circa 1940, steel ring measures 16in diameter. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Jasper52 image

Many items in the 225-lot auction are from the late 19th to early 20th century, such as a third phase chief’s blanket. The colorful Native American woven textile measures 77 by 68 inches and shows good color. Some edge fraying and small holes consistent with age are noted (est. $3,500-$4,000).

Native American transitional third phase chief’s blanket, 77in x 68in, circa 1900. Estimate: $3,500-$4,000. Jasper52 image

Weather vanes depicting quill pens were often seen on the rooftops of newspapers, libraries, banks, schools and stationery stores. The 3-foot-long quill pen weather vane in the auction is made of hammered steel and retains traces of its original white paint. The surface has a patina that only decades of weathering can produce, showing uniform rust on the metal (est. $1,200-$1,500).

Painted quill pen weather vane made of hammered steel, 36in long x 13in high x 2in thick on a 19in tall stand, circa 1880-1910. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Jasper52 image

Older still is a mid- to late-19th-century gameboard made of slate, which measures about 22 inches square and is an inch thick. Its vibrant original painted playing field is embellished with geometric designs and faux marble graining. The game board has been professionally framed for hanging (est. $1,800-$2,400).

Nineteenth century decorated gameboard of painted slate, 22 ¼in x 22in x 1in. Estimate: $1,800-$2,400. Jasper52 image

Also offered are handcrafted outsider art, folk art, paintings, ceramics and more formal Americana. This collection of 19th-20th-century rural life will create a unique sense of welcome in any home.