Auction of the Week: Showtime Auction Services - The Thomas & Gloria Terry Collection, April 20-22, 2018



2018-04-03 14:25:24

Our featured auction this week is Showtime Auctions Services' three-day sale of the Thomas & Gloria Terry Collection, showcasing a treasure trove of vintage advertising memorabilia and store antiques. Here are ten of our favorite items heading for the block at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Michigan on April 20-22.

1944 Coca Cola Die Cut String Hanging Sign

Estimate: $250 - $500

This original vintage Coca Cola embossed cardboard hanging sign dates from 1944, and features the company's 'Sprite Boy' mascot which appeared in adverts from 1942 until the late 1950s.

Everett Arritt Optician Glass Light Up Globe

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

This vintage glass optician's advertising globe is believed to date from the 1920s or 30s. Records show that during this period a Dr Everett Arritt worked as an optometrist from an office on Orange Avenue in Coronado, California.

Felted Paper Mache Easter Candy Container

Estimate: $200 - $500

This rare and slightly surreal vintage Easter candy container is made from paper mache and felt, and finished with a porcelain baby doll face.

Steeplechase Park El Dorado Carousel Cherub

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,500

This historically important hand-carved cherub was originally part of the 'El Dorado' carousel, one of the largest and most elaborate fairground carousels ever built.

The German-made carousel was installed at Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, where it famously operated from around 1910 until the mid-1960s, before being sold and shipped to Japan in 1970 for the Osaka World's Fair.

Scientific Suspender Store Display

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

This highly rare late 19th century store display was produced by the Scientific Suspender Company of Buffalo, New York.

Made from wire and wood, the display comes complete with its original marquee and suspenders, along with an advertising sheet and a mailing envelope for prospective customers.

19th Century Blatz Beer Litho on Reverse Glass Sign

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000

This 19th century antique litho on reverse glass sign was produced to advertise Blatz Beer, which was produced in Milwaukee from 1851 until 1959.

The extremely rare sign features the slogan "A Greeting from Blatz", along with the image of two couples drinking beer in a hot air balloon, and is believed to be perhaps the sole existing example.

Moxie Die Cut Cardboard Store Display Sign

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

This original vintage cardboard store display sign advertises Moxie, a soft drink which was popular across the U.S throughout the late 19th and early 20th century.

The sign features the slogan "Frank Archer invites you to Moxieland", in reference to the gigantic Boston factory where Moxie was bottled from 1928 until 1953.

Archer was the marketing genius whose campaigns helped Moxie outsell Coca-Cola up until the 1920s. The former soda fountain clerk rose to become the head of the company, and the 'Moxie Man' used in adverts was supposedly based on his likeness.

US Ammunition Tri-Fold Window Display

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,500

This large vintage tri-fold store window display features a range of cartridges produced by U.S Ammunition, along with the striking image of a mallard in flight.

Rare "Blinky Eyes Jolly Fellow" Cast Iron Vending Machine

$15,000 - $20,000

This highly rare 1907 'Blink Eyes' dispensing machine features two different products, Jolly Fellow Gum and Daisy Box Matches. The mechanical eyes on the face blink as a pack of gum is dispensed, and the machine also includes a 'money back' game at the bottom.

This 111-year-old cast iron machine is the only surviving example in existence, and originates from the world-famous Coney Island Amusement Park in New York.

One Armed Bandit Mill's Miner Slot Machine

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000

This life-sized gold miner slot machine is attributed to the renowned sculptor Frank Polk, a member of The Cowboy Artists of America.

During the 1940s and 50s Polk carved around 90 life-sized wooden figures, each of them completely different, which were then fitted with slot machines. Today just 70 are known to survive, and they are highly sought after by collectors.

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