Leather Canadian motorcycle license plate from 1907 brings CA$10,620 at Miller & Miller auction

A leather motorcycle license plate from 1907 sold for $10,620 and a 1930s Orange Crush tin litho sign brought $5,959 at an Advertising & Historic Objects auction held Dec. 7 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., online and at the gallery in Canada.
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NEW HAMBURG, Ontario - Dec. 11, 2019 - PRLog -- A leather motorcycle license plate from 1907 sold for $10,620 and an Orange Crush tin litho sign from the 1930s brought $5,959 at an Advertising & Historic Objects auction held December 7th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., online and at the gallery in New Hamburg. Both were Canadian antiques. Prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

The leather motorcycle plate, extremely rare, measured 6 ½ inches by 4 inches and was listed in the 1910 directory as issued to Walter H. Gurd, 185 Dundas Street in London, Ontario. The Orange Crush single-sided lithographed tin sign, a recent find, was 59 inches by 35 inches. It was marked "C-12N – St. Thomas Metal Signs Ltd., St. Thomas, Ont" on the lower center edge.

"Two days before the sale we were contacted by a construction firm that had uncovered a layer of early tin Coca-Cola and Orange Crush signs behind the wall of a building that was slotted for demolition," said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. "Among those signs was the Orange Crush. The energy in the room was already electric, but then it was totally bolstered."

The auction featured the collection of John McKenty – the Canadian historian and author whose collection tells the story of the rise and fall of the Canada Cycle & Motor Company of Canada. Mr. McKenty gave a special presentation the Friday evening before the auction. He was once described as "Canada's premier authority to the community that collects anything CCM related."

A 1937 Canada Cycle & Motor Company "Flyte" bicycle – the rarest of all the CCM bicycles, an expensive-for-its-time model that didn't sell particularly well and ceased production in 1940 – sold for $3,600. The bike had an unusual fork and frame design and the original "Lucien Bicycle Service" dealer decals on the seat tube and down tube. It also had correct Dunlop chrome rims.

The McKenty collection featured CCM bicycles, advertising, sports memorabilia, catalogs, brochures, photographs and paper ephemera. "The literature performed especially well," Mr. Miller said. "Results were strong, most on the high-side if not exceeding estimates. Such an offering of CCM memorabilia would be hard if not impossible to replicate anytime soon."

To learn more, please visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.

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