FULLERTON, Calif. – A massive single-owner collection of oil and petroliana, aka gas station collectibles, especially items pertaining to Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), will be showcased in a live online auction on July 25 held by Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc. It will feature nearly 500 lots in all, and will begin promptly at 12 noon Pacific time/3pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“We are excited to bring this single-family collection to auction, as both husband and wife were passionate collectors,” said Dan Wilson, co-owner of Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc. “Albert, or ‘Big Al’ as his friends called him, worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company in California for more than 30 years and collected petroliana, while his wife loved her jewelry and glass. Together, they raised two daughters and traveled all around the country.”
In addition to the oil and petroliana collectibles, the auction will also feature fine jewelry, coins, antiques, cut to clear crystal pieces and a nice selection of Westmoreland Argonaut Shell candy dishes. The oil and petroliana component includes pins, belt buckles, lighters, ash trays, manuals, signs, oil cans, globes and more.
The auction will hit the ground running, with the first few lots expected to attract great attention. Lot 1 is a circa-1930 Richfield Oil Corp. porcelain sign with individual letters that spell out the name ‘RICHFIELD’. All are in very good to excellent condition, with only a couple of the letters showing minimal porcelain loss. The sign should bring $300-$1,200.
Lot 2 is a huge Richfield Oil double-sided sign, meant to hang as advertising at a Richfield Oil service station. The sign features the right facing eagle mascot logo atop block lettering. It comes equipped with steel threaded carabiners. The final selling price is anyone’s guess; that’s why it carries a pre-sale estimate of $200-$5,000.
One of the cooler items in the sale is a circa-1920 Richfield Oil promotional desk clock with an aviation theme. Designed by Curtiss, the clock is in the shape of an airplane engine, with a propeller on the base. It has much of its original green paint and some of the felt on the bottom. It’s in very good condition, but has not been tested for function. It is estimated at $250-$500.
An outstanding vintage map coin-op vending machine filled with 54 vintage maps from the 1930s to the 1970s, which shows the progression of the company from Richfield to Atlantic Richfield to ARCO, is expected to realize $200-$600. It was made by EB Map Vendor (Model No. 4DR) and is functional. It comes with its original keys and is estimated at $200-$600.
Other Richfield and Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) items worthy of mention include an original double-sided Richfield Oil ‘Credit Cards Honored Here’ flange sign, estimated at $200-$400; a Richfield Oil Banks and Leasing porcelain sign, estimated at $200-$400; a Richfield Oil double-sided porcelain sign instructing drivers to ‘Please Drive to Forward Pumps’, estimated at $150-$250.
A must-have collectible for Ford Model T fans is a fun set of cans by Boyco, housed in a vintage wooden crate. The cans were a common accessory for the Model T, and were made to carry additional oil, gas and water. The lot has a pre-sale estimate of $100-$500.
Rounding out the petroliana category are vintage service station ‘Ladies’ and ‘Gents’ toilet signs, estimated at $100-$140, and a group of vintage tire-themed Goodyear advertising ashtrays, estimated at $100-$160.
A gorgeous Victorian era hand-painted Gone with the Wind lamp, with a milk glass globe and a font featuring beautiful cabbage roses in pink and yellow with purple accents, should reach $100-$200. Also, a lovely vintage German Imperlux cranberry glass cut to clear vase with its original foil label should sell for $120-$180.
The coins category features a group of 16 Walking Liberty silver half dollars, all 1933-1939, in circulated condition, estimated at $100-$150, and also four unsorted rolls of Lincoln head wheat pennies believed to be from the 1930s and in circulated condition, estimated at $60-$80.
Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc. is always seeking quality consignments for future sales. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call Dan Wilson or Suki Hilger at 714-916-8119; or, you can email them at email@example.com. To learn more about Appraisal & Estate Sale Specialists, Inc., visit www.estatesalemandan.webs.com.
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