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Petroliana, automobilia, snowmobile collectibles, vintage VW's and more to be sold Sept. 24 in N.H.
A two-session auction featuring a lifetime single-owner collection of petroliana, automobilia, snowmobile collectibles, antique Volkswagen Beetles and other vehicles and trailers will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, by Matthews Auctions in Jaffrey, N.H.
By: Ken Hall
Mr. Bradley amassed a substantial number of items in a wide array of categories prior to his recent untimely death. The address of the event is 30 Howard Hill Road in Jaffrey, a town located in southern New Hampshire, west of Nashua and not far from the Massachusetts state line. Online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.
The first session, slated to start at 9 a.m. (EDT), will feature uncataloged items, to include vintage gas pumps and gas pump parts, a City of Newell sign and several other uncataloged signs, old Volkswagen Beetle parts, a Wards Art Deco-style lady’s bicycle and other bicycles.
Also set to cross the block in the uncataloged session will be big block Chevrolet engines and parts, a 40-foot storage container, a wringer wash, 1946 Chevrolet truck parts, Massey Pony parts, an Arhiems Model #ST1032 snow blower, a Fairbanks Morse Art Deco-style riding lawnmower, shop tools, hand tools and more.
Then, at around 11 a.m., the second ring of the sale – packed with cataloged items – will commence. This session will feature most of the petroliana and snowmobilia items, plus several highly desirable vehicles, to include a 2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty XLT V-8 power stroke diesel truck (low mileage, 4X4, with snow plow), and a 1974 Airstream travel trailer in fine condition.
More than 50 metal and plastic petroliana and snowmobile signs will be sold, to include a Polaris Sno-Traveler Authorized Sales sign with great snowmobile graphics, an International Motor Trucks Sales and Service double-sided porcelain sign with triple diamond logo (24 inches by 48 inches), and a Sinclair H-C Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign, 48 inches in diameter.
Also in the cataloged session will be over 30 air meters and more than 40 gas pumps, some of them beautifully restored. A couple of expected top lots will include a Gilbarco Model #914 double-computing gas pump, with sight glass, and an Eco Tireflator air meter on a stand, with light tower and cover. To view the lots in both sessions, log on to matthewsauctions.com.
Other vehicles will include five vintage Volkswagen Beetles from the 1940s-1970s, a Massey Harris Pony Tractor (Serial #PGA20748) and a Cletrac Crawler (Model R, made by the Cleveland Tractor Company), both professionally restored, International Harvester Farmall H and F-20 tractors, a 1989 Chevrolet Suburban SUV, and a 1941 Plymouth car with extra parts.
Also due to cross the block in the second session will be an Ultra Karvan snowmobile trailer, a Hough Payloader, two forklifts, a 1999 Dandy dump trailer with 7,000-lb. axles, a 16-foot car trailer, an air compressor, grinders, a drill press, a one-cylinder marine engine, some modern tools and modern equipment, a large Snap-On tool box, and a bucket lift for trucks. A preview will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, the day before the auction, from 1-6 p.m. (CST).
Matthews Auctions, LLC’s next big auction will be held Friday, Oct. 14, the day before the popular Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show, held each spring and fall in Peotone, Ill. Featured will be the Jerry Parker collection (which is heavy on Atlantic items) and the Ronnie Baker collection (loaded with pump plates, license plate attachments and paper items).
The address of the venue is 710 West Street in Peotone, located just south of Chicago, off Interstate 57. The action will get underway at noon (CST). As with the Jaffrey on-site auction, online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Matthews Auctions, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them toll-free at (877) 968-8880, or you can e-mail Dan Matthews directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Matthews recently completed writing a book about petroliana, titled The Fine Art of Collecting and Displaying Petroliana. For information on how to order a copy, please log on to the Matthews Auctions, LLC website, at www.matthewsauctions.com. For more information about Matthews Auctions, LLC and their upcoming sales, log on to www.matthewsauctions.com.
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Ken Hall writes pre-sale and post-sale press releases for auction houses, for a fee. He writes, submits and tracks stories for clients. Submissions are published in trade magazines, posted on industry websites and appear in local newspapers.