NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. will hold back-to-back auctions the weekend of September 11 -12. The Saturday, September 11 event will be a Toys & Nostalgia sale, featuring the Bryan Beatty collection. The Sunday, September 12 sale will be an Advertising & Historic Objects auction, featuring the Scott Vanner breweriana collection. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All estimates quoted are in Canadian dollars.
Both auctions are online-only and will start at 9 am Eastern time. The Bryan Beatty collection of toys and communication-related memorabilia includes a well-rounded offering of cast iron and tin litho toys from the Victorian to the Atomic era. Mr. Beatty’s collection also includes many radios, microphones and typewriters, with examples spanning the 20th century.
Scott Vanner’s collection of Canadian breweriana includes a large assortment of beer trays and assorted advertising from the 1890s to the 1940s. A generous offering of live steam models will also be offered, the highlight being a finely engineered 7 ¼in gauge steam locomotive model of the Great Western Railway 4-6-0 locomotive and tender No. 1011 (“County of Chester”), estimated at $15,000-$20,000. It previously sold at Christie’s in 1985, and it was rebuilt and reboilered by F. West and Lee Green. It comes with a brazed superheated copper boiler with fittings, including water and pressure gauges, safety, blower, twin injector, whistle, clack and blowdown valves.
Two Canadian steam engine models from very different eras carry identical estimates of $2,000-$3,000. One is a model of a ‘Southern’ heavy-duty rocking valve mill engine, with continuous rope belts, designed and built by H.A. Sharrar in 1971. It was a Best Steam Display winner at the Milton steam show. The other is a highly detailed scale model of the steam engine that ran machinery for the Dominion Organ & Piano Co., built by R. Fishleigh in 1890.
Other noteworthy lots from Session 2 include a 1902 Worth and Martin (Toronto) one-cent bull’s head perfume dispenser, estimated at $6,000-$9,000; and a Wayne Model 60 American made Chevrolet gas pump dating to the 1940s and professionally restored, estimated at $6,000-$9,000.
A Wurlitzer Model 1015 jukebox, made in America in 1946, also has an estimate of $6,000-$8,000. The Model 1015 is one of the most iconic jukeboxes ever made, and the one in the auction is a fine, functioning example that comes with 24 period rock ‘n’ roll records. Another standout is an 1869 French style Boneshaker bicycle with a painted iron frame, wood rims and professionally restored wheels, which is expected to speed away for $3,000-$3,500. The rear brake is activated by twisting the handlebars forward.
Also of note is a 1950s-era Austin Junior J-40 pedal car, restored, featuring a functioning horn and headlights. It is estimated to bring $2,000-$3,000. Nearly 32,000 of the J-40 pedal cars were produced from 1950 to 1971.
A Molson’s Beer clock, made for the French-Canadian market in the 1930s, should bring $4,000-$6,000, while a Miller High Life Beer two-sided porcelain hanging sign from the same era is expected to reach $3,000-$5,000.
Leaping to Session 1, a likely top seller from the Beatty collection is a 1950s-era American RCA Type 77 DX ribbon microphone made from brushed steel and chrome, in the rare and iconic “pill” design. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Other selections include a circa 1940s-1950s RCA Type 91B microphone plus an MI4092 desk stand, estimated at $800-$1,200.
To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call Miller & Miller at 519-573-3710, or, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the back-to-back auctions scheduled for September 11 and 12, visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.
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