Stoneware churn highlight of auction

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– DeFina Auctions, Austinburg, Ohio, held a two-day auction June 13-14 with more than 300 pieces of decorated stoneware and 150-plus pieces of Roseville pottery along with an advertising tin collection.

The highlight of the first day was a stoneware six-gallon churn marked Gunther & Berns Sheboygan and dressed in a large floral decoration. The churn came with its dasher and lid. Despite a small crack up one side, this 19-inch tall churn brought $750.

Churns were popular with buyers, as a second six-gallon stoneware churn with floral decoration measuring 17 inches tall came in at $425, way over its $170 to $250 pre-sale estimate.

A disappointment in the stoneware category was the selling of the monumental 30-gallon jar with molded handles and floral decoration, both front and back. Thought to possibly be a Boughner piece, the 23-inch tall jar topped out at $350. It had been estimated to sell for more than $1,000.

Roseville pieces sold well. A pink Apple Blossom floor vase (#393-18) brought $375, while a blue Apple Blossom floor vase (#392-15) reached $280. A Roseville blue Pine Cone canoe-shaped bowl (#431-15) sold for $210 and a blue Apple Blossom vase (#392-15) saw $260.

A general antiques sale featuring more than 30 early bisque dolls, as well as Royal Doulton pieces, early furniture and Civil War items among others was held on the second day.

Two dolls each sold for $900. The first, a nine-inch tall Kestner character baby doll (mold #237) had sleep eyes, an open mouth, jointed body and skin wig.

The other was a Kamkin cloth doll in its original clothing that stood 18 inches high.

Three six-section barrister stacking bookcases in oak sold with each case making $600. One example was by Globe Werricke. The other two were by Lundstrom.

A Civil War M 1851 officer’s belt and buckle sold for $325, while a Civil War M 1840 Calvary sword and scabbard came in at $350.

Kiko Auctioneers of Canton, Ohio, held an auction of antiques and collectibles July 1 at the North Canton Knights of Columbus Hall with 232 registered bidders in attendance.

The auction was a private lifetime collection and was managed by Kiko and curator William H. Gill Jr. Also helping to conduct the auction were auctioneers Leonard Milano and James Gill.

The top-selling item was a 1915 circa “Gabels Automatic Entertainer” 5 cent coin-operated 78 rpm record player that sold for $24,500 to a bidder who drove to the auction from Napa, Ca.

The 16-foot-long Victorian bar that President William McKinley tried his first court case as an attorney in 1869 brought $9,400, and the purchaser is installing the bar in the Navarre, Ohio, building where it originated. The bar included the 1880’s circa “Brunswick-Balke-Collendar Co.” Victorian mirrored back bar which was 16-feet long by 9-feet tall.

Other highlights included a 1929 Gent Mfg. Co. “Grandmother’s Predictions” fortune teller that sold for $18,000 and will find a home in Baltimore, Md.; an 1890’s patented Daisy BB rifle manufactured by B&W Co. of Plymouth, Mich., brought $5,500 even though its barrel was cut off and a 25 cent coin-operated arcade crane toy digger sold for $2,900 that had Euclid Beach stickers.

A “Cor Cor” toy locomotive and tender with five series #62 cars brought $1,300 and a model of engine and dynamo by John Johnston of Edinburgh soared to $1,600.

A Cretor’s model #116 popcorn wagon realized $1,300 and an early Railway Express pull type luggage wagon with spoked wheels brought $1,000.

A 1947 Mills Jewel 5 cent slot machine brought $1,500; a “Horses” ball gum trade stimulator reached $500 and an Edwards 1 cent Grip Tester machine brought $260.

Auction Roundup is a free weekly feature offered by Farm and Dairy. Any auctioneer interested in submitting information from a recent farm, household, real estate or antique/collectible auction that was advertised in Farm and Dairy should e-mail aslanker@farmanddairy.com, fax 330-337-9550 or call 800-837-3419. Auction reports should be brief and are subject to editing based on available space.

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