Stoneware jugs, duck decoys, cartridge display boards all do well in Miller & Miller online auction
The auction, held on June 5th, was headlined by the lifetime collections of Don and Joyce Blyth – an astounding assemblage of stoneware, sporting advertising, decoys, powder tins, bottles, Canadiana & more. In all, 289 lots came up for bid.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.
The abovementioned cartridge display boards were the top lots of the auction. All three were lithographed cardboard, with an applied representation of Winchester's line of ammunition.
The Winchester 1884 cartridge display board was the top lot of the auction overall, breezing past its pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$25,000 to finish at a robust $100,300. It measured 28 inches by 38 inches. Runner-up honors went to the 1887 Winchester board, which had the same estimate and brought $88,500. The Union Metallic Cartridge Company board placed third, at $53,100.
The auction was headlined by the lifetime collections of Don and Joyce Blyth – an astounding assemblage of stoneware, sporting advertising, decoys, powder tins, soda water bottles, ginger beer bottles, beer bottles, Canadiana and more. In all, 289 lots came up for bid, with 99 percent of them finding new owners. Over half of the lots sold met or exceeded their pre-sale estimates.
Don and Joyce Blyth were both avid collectors until Don's recent passing. Included in the auction was a nearly comprehensive collection of Guelph merchant stoneware and bottles, among other pieces of Guelph, Ontario memorabilia. Also on offer were Don's collections of Canadian gun powder tins, decoys, sporting and firearms advertising and other items.
"I interviewed Don three days before his death," said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. "What he had was museum quality material. I asked him, 'Why did you not donate it?' He said, 'Let the people enjoy it.' His intention has now been realized. The stoneware pieces sold strongly, and the rarest of the offering crushed the high estimates. All in all, it was a great sale."
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has two more auctions planned for June: a Watches & Jewels auction on Saturday, June 12th and an Advertising & Breweriana auction on June 19th. Both will be online-only. In the fall, a Canadiana & Historic Objects auction is planned for October 9th.
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