Auction of the Week: Rich Penn Spring Auction Event, May 5 - 6, 2018



2018-04-25 14:19:39

This week's featured sale is the Rich Penn Spring Auction Event, which takes place at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa on May 5-6.

The auction features a treasure trove of unique antique advertising, country store displays, vintage toys and decorative items from across America. Here are ten of our favourite lots on offer...

Antique Wrigley's chewing gum counter display

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This vintage Wrigley's chewing gum holder was originally displayed on the counter of a country store during the 1930s.

The highly unusual triangular design, featuring the Wrigley Boy company mascot, was manufactured by Tudhope Metal Specialties Ltd of Orillia, Canada.

Woolsey cast iron football kicker toy

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This cast iron football kicker toy was manufactured by Woolsey in the 1920s, and features a spring operated right leg which would kick a plastic ball when operated.

This rare toy originally came with a wooden folding back stand, decorated with a football field containing several targets to kick the plastic ball through.

Vintage Optometrist regulator advertising clock

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This rare vintage regulator wall clock features a striking eye design on both the face and the pendulum, and was created as an advertising clock for an optometrist.

Antique French growler bulldog pull toy

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This delightful French growler bulldog pull toy features glass eyes and a bobbing head, and still growls when the chain is pulled, more than 100 years after it was manufactured circa 1910.

Antique oak hardware store revolving nut & bolt cabinet

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This beautiful and unusual octagon-shaped cabinet dates from the 1890s, and was originally used in a hardware store to hold a wide variety of nuts and bolts.

The revolving oak cabinet features deeply-pressed lettering and porcelain knobs, and contains 80 separate drawers, each marked with the specific size of a particular nut or bolt.

Vintage 1950s illuminated gambling wheel

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This dazzling illuminated gambling wheel dates from the early 1950s, and was produced by the Chicago company H. C. Evans Co. – one of America's leading manufacturers of casino equipment.

The company made everything from roulette wheels and slot machines, to marked cards and secret electro-magnets which controlled crooked dice games, before closing down in 1955.

Vintage coin-operated Toonerville Trolley kiddie ride

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This vintage kid's ride is based on the Toonerville Trolley, a popular cartoon strip that ran in newspapers across the U.S from 1908 until 1955.

The strip was adapted into a series of 17 silent film shorts, and the long-running character Mickey McGuire was later played by Mickey Rooney in another 55 short films, from 1927 until 1954.

This 10c ride was made by the Bally Mfg Co. of Chicago in 1958, three years after the strip was cancelled, and is today considered highly rare in any condition.

Antique "Black Peanut Seed" advertising figure display

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This antique store display features two top-hat wearing peanuts, and originated from a country feed store/mill which operated in the early 20th century.

The wooden display advertises the sale of Black Peanut Seed for 5c, and was fitted to the banister which greeted customers as they entered.

The two figures are designed to represent (or perhaps imitate) Mr Peanut, the iconic Planter's Peanut mascot which was developed by the company in 1916, and soon came to (unofficially) represent the entire peanut industry.

Sid & Marty Krofft amusement park robot

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This 10ft-tall robot was designed and built in the late 1970s, as an attraction at the short-lived 'World of Sid & Marty Krofft' amusement park in Atlanta.

The huge robot features a slot machine in its chest based on the Krofft's TV show 'H.R Pufnstuf', which would start a pinball-themed children's ride when activated.

This articulated, multi-action robot has been tucked away in storage for 40 years, but remains in working order with a speaker in his chest, a rotating antenna, oscilating ears and a turning wind-up key on his back.

Walt Disney 'Nazi' Donald Duck automaton

Estimate: $50 - $10,000

This Donald Duck automaton is believed to be unique, and was created in 1943 as a lobby piece to promote the Walt Disney WWII anti-Nazi propaganda cartoon 'Der Fuehrer's Face'.

The cartoon, which starred Donald as a reluctant worker in Nazi Germany, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, but it was soon removed from circulation and remained unseen for more than 60 years.

Decades later, this automaton was rediscovered at a Pasadena flea market by Ward Kimball, the legendary Disney animator and renowned collector, who had it restored to its original (and controversial) appearance.

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