NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Three turn-of-the-century motor vehicles – a 1907 REO Model A five-passenger touring car, an 1899 Stanley Stanhope No. 1 Locomobile and a prototype of the 1911 Model H REO pickup truck – are the headliners in Miller & Miller Auctions’ online-only 407-lot Petroliana & Advertising auction planned for Saturday, September 10 and beginning at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All estimates quoted are in Canadian dollars.
With an estimate of $40,000-$60,000, the 1907 REO Model A five-passenger touring car is the sale’s expected top lot. This early and unusual vehicle was the brainchild of Ransom E. Olds, creator of the curved dash Oldsmobile. For years the car was on display at the Horseless Carriage Museum in Fenelon Falls, Ontario, as were the two cars described below. The REO Model A was restored in 2006.
The 1899 Stanley Stanhope Model No. 1 Locomobile, made by the Locomobile Company of America, quickly became known as the Stanley Steamer due to its quiet but powerful two-cylinder steam engine. The literature boasted it “weighs less than 400 pounds and is odorless and noiseless when in use.” The boiler has been rebuilt, and the vehicle carries an estimate of $40,000-$45,000.
The eye-catching variant and potential prototype of the 1911 Model H REO pickup truck, made by the REO Motor Truck Company in Lansing, Michigan, has been fully restored and features the merchant livery for Ballantine & Taby. Ads for the truck, which is another R. E. Olds design, claimed it could “do the work of three horse-drawn trucks at less than half the cost.” The example in the sale is estimated at $20,000-$25,000.
A 1940s Canadian White Rose Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign with the coveted Slate Boy graphic has an estimate of $15,000-$20,000, while a White Rose Service Station three-piece sign from 1947, each piece in single-sided porcelain and marked “P&M 47” at the lower left, is estimated at $9,000-$12,000.
A Canadian Ford V8 dealer double-sided porcelain die-cut sign from the 1930s, a must-have for any serious petroliana collection, is estimated at $12,000-$15,000. Also, a 1930s American Packard Motor Car Radiator double-sided porcelain sign marked “Property of Packard Motor Co.” at the lower edge, from the Jean-Marie Paradis collection, is estimated at $9,000-$12,000.
A Canadian Red Indian Marathon Gasoline pump globe, with the graphics fired to the exterior surface of the globe, carries an estimate of $10,000-$13,000; while a Canadian Red Indian Cyclo Gasoline pump globe is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Both of these 1920s-era, one-piece baked glass (OPB) gas pump globes were originally discovered in Waterloo, Ontario, and were purportedly never installed on pumps. Also, a Canadian Red Indian Gasoline single-sided porcelain dealer sign from the 1930s, marked “The W. F. Vilas Co. Ltd. Cowansville P. Q.” on the lower edge, is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
Rounding out the petroliana highlights is a 1930s-era Canadian SSE Clearvision British American double-sided porcelain gasoline pump with its original one-piece etched globe, original etched glass cylinder and correct nozzle marked “Service Station Equipment Co. Ltd.” It is estimated at $3,500-$5,000.
A final standout in the September 10 lineup is a circa-1911 American Edison Opera Cylinder phonograph with a smooth mahogany horn, a brown-enameled bedplate and tiger-striped hardware, offered with 97 cylinders. Its estimate is $4,000-$5,000.
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