Auction of the Week: Potter & Potter Coin-Op & Advertising sale
Our featured sale this week is Potter & Potter's Coin-Op and Advertising sale, which takes place in Chicago on September 29. From one-armed bandits and booze barometers, to carnival cupids and cud-chewing cows – here are ten of our favourite lots on offer...
Ever Ready Safety Razor Clock
Estimate: $200 - $400
An antique advertising clock manufactured by the Gilbert Clock Company circa 1910, to promote Ever Ready Safety Razors.
Hot Rod Booze Barometer
Estimate: $400 - $600
The Hot Rod Booze Barometer was one of several different-themed sobriety testers found in bars in the 1950s.
Manufactured by the Northwestern Corp. of Illinois, the simple device asks patrons to move the ring along the metal rod without touching it to set off the alarm.
Mills 10 Cent "The Bandit" with High Top Slot Machine
Estimate $2,000 - $3,000
A 10 Cent figural slot machine known as 'The Bandit', built by the Mills Novelty Company of Chicago in 1945.
Elsie the Borden's Cow Figural Moveable Store Display
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
This highly rare moving store display was produced circa 1950, and features Elsie the Cow, mascot for the Borden Dairy Company and one of America's most famous product logos.
The display was originally part of the collection at Svoboda’s Nickelodeon Tavern and Museum in Chicago, a famous drinking establishment where Al Capone was known to drink during Prohibition.
Philadelphia Toboggan Co. Carousel Chariot Side
Estimate $1,000 - $2,000
This large wooden and fibreglass model is a reproduction of an original fairground carousel chariot produced by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company of Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1904, the company made its name building carousels and roller coasters across the U.S, and remains in business to this day as a manufacturer of roller coaster trains.
The model was used to recreate an original carousel installed at the Seabreeze Park in suburban Rochester, New York. The original ride was installed at the park in 1926, but was destroyed by fire in 1994.
Pull the Tiger By the Tail 1 Cent Strength Machine
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
A superb recreation of a roaring Pull the Tiger By the Tail 1 Cent strength tester machine, originally produced by the Exhibit Supply Co. in Chicago in 1928.
The machine is one of only 12 reproductions built in 2000 by the renowned New York craftsman John Papa.
Animated 5 Cent Fortune Teller
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
This partially-restored 5 Cent Fortune Teller machine is believed to be the only one of its kind.
Featuring the figure of an old Gypsy fortune teller complete with a glowing crystal ball, the machine is thought to date from around 1910 – although the manufacturer is unknown.
Wurlitzer 1945 Model 1015 "Bubbler" Jukebox
Estimate $5,000 - $7,000
A 'bubbler' jukebox made by the Wurlitzer Automatic Phonograph Company, circa 1945. Built to hold 24 78 RPM records, the model was the most popular of all Wurlitzer jukeboxes due to its iconic design by Paul Fuller.
Lehigh Foundries 15 Cent 'Out of this World' Cigarette Vending Machine
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
A striking Art Deco cigarette vending machine made by Lehigh Foundries in Pennsylvania, circa 1940.
The 'Out of this World' machine features a atomic/space age theme, with a racy pin-up of a female astronaut.
Cupid Amusement Park / Carnival Restroom Figure
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
This large 1920s plaster figure of cupid, complete with a cast iron bow and arrow, was originally used as a restroom figure in an amusement park or travelling carnival.
The figure is believed to be English, as it uses the term 'Loo' to describe the restroom.
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