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Guns sell well at Old Barn
By Kathleen Floyd

FINDLAY, Ohio – Old Barn Auction was a bustling place on April 20 and 21, as bidders took part in a huge, two-day auction of antique guns, knives and militaria. There were more than 1,200 lots, ranging from the Revolutionary War to the modern era. Most items came from the collections of Don Hazelwood of Illinois, David Boyer of Ohio and the late Wayne Mertz of Findlay, Ohio.

Vicky Sorgenfrei, Old Barn owner and manager, was pleased with the large crowd and successful sales results. She praised the work of Steve Kiene, Old Barn gun consultant, who coordinated the entire sale and compiled the 65-page color catalog. As always, Sorgenfrei relied on auctioneers Steve Eaton and Dave Wedertz, to keep the auction rolling quickly, even with many absentee and phone bidders.

The item that stole the show was a beautiful 45 caliber, Model 1873 Colt Single Action Army revolver, with a 7 1/2-inch barrel. According to Kiene, it was factory engraved, which is extremely hard to find on a black powder frame single action.. It was in fine working condition, with all matching serial numbers and its original pearl grips. Further increasing its value, it sold with its original factory letter. After intense competition, a phone bidder fired the winning bid of $28,600. All prices mentioned here include a 10 percent buyers premium.

Another auction highlight was an authentic Confederate Le Mat, a well-known Civil War revolver used by many Confederate officers. It had all matching serial numbers and was inscribed, “Cyst Le Mat Paris,” on top of its 7-inch octagon barrel. The revolver, with a dark patina and well worn grips, sold with the book, The Confederate Le Mat, by Doug Adams. It reached $15,400.

The top-performing rifle was a Colt Paterson, Model 1839, with a 32-inch smooth-bore barrel. There were only around 950 produced, making this rifle exceptionally hard to find. It had a replacement six-shot cylinder, but the stock appeared to be original, with minor cracks. It sold for $11,000. Also hitting a high mark, was a Colt Model 1855 revolving rifle in excellent working condition, with an overall length of 49 ½-inches. The serial numbers were all matching and it had its correct receiver and black tang markings. Kiene noted, it was remarkable that its bayonet’s serial numbers also matched the rifle. It brought $7,040.

An odd Henry rifle attracted much attention. George Madis, noted author and authority on Henry and Winchester rifles, nicknamed it “The World’s Rarest Henry Rifle.” Surprisingly, one side of the rifle looked fine, but the other side had never been finished. It was factory stamped, Reject January 7, 1862. Kiene said there were five handwritten pages of letters with the rifle, which told about finding it in a shop on the Arkansas-Texas border in 1964. According to the letters, it was inset in a walnut board with the good side showing, and may have been displayed in Oliver Winchester’s personal office. Since 2001, Western Heritage Museum in Tombstone, Arizona exhibited the rifle. It sold with the letters for $7,700.

There were several guns of local interest. A Spencer Model 1860 Army rifle played an important role in the Civil War and was of special significance to Ohio collectors. Kiene said the serial numbers on this rifle, showed it was issued to the 7th Independent Company, Ohio Volunteer Sharpshooters who were responsible for protecting the Union generals. The breech-loading, 7-shot rifle was 47 inches in overall length. Although the middle barrel lock was broken, the rifle reached $5,060. Findlay area bidders competed for a cased pair of Colt 1812 Fort Findlay revolvers, made to commemorate the city of Findlay’s Sesquicentennial in 1962. There were only 110 produced and only 20 cased pairs. A set of 22 caliber revolvers, with a gold finish and walnut grips, shot to $5,500. Local bidders also had the unusual opportunity to bid on three rifles by O.B. Vandenburgh, who was a Findlay gunsmith in the 1800’s. In very good condition, a 38 caliber half-stock Vandenburgh rifle with an imitation tiger maple stock and Henry Parker Warranted back lock, sold for $770. The second example, a half-stock percussion rifle with some repairs and updates, brought $330; while the third, in poor condition, still made $165.

Other featured guns included a Derringer flintlock Indian trade rifle. The full stock rifle, circa 1800, had a 37-inch octagon barrel, tiger maple wood and an eagle head lightly carved on the patch box. With minor repair, it was in very good condition, striking a $5,720 bid. Another fine Indian-owned gun, was a Winchester 1866 saddle ring carbine which was decorated with brass tacks and its original beaded scalp lock. It rode to $2,200. One of the older guns, a flintlock Fowler circa 1780, had the typical slender style, with a cherry stock and an impressive 52-inch barrel. In very good condition for its age, it reached $3,575. Designed for protection, a “lady of the evening vanity box,” was an unusual set containing a small caliber pistol, a sterling handle garter knife and a swivel pull-out drawer with additional accessories. The set sold for $1,100.

There were many outstanding knives, swords and other miscellaneous items. One example was a U.S. Revolutionary War officer’s hanger sword, with an 18 1/2-inch blade and a grooved cherry grip with silver strapping. All of its metal furniture was gold plated. Selling without a scabbard, it was in very good condition, hitting $2,970. An outstanding Civil War era fighting knife, with a stag handle and a 12 1/2-inch blade, reached $3,300. Six boxed sample sets of antique ammunition sold well. A Winchester military set with a variety of sample shells, topped the group at $935. Made in 1864, a16-inch diameter, Civil War rope-tension drum, had a bentwood body. In beautiful condition, with names handwritten on the head, it sold with what were believed to be its original drumsticks for $550. Even cap guns made their mark. The top-selling lot had six cap pistols with their original boxes. They included Roy Rogers, Buffalo Bill, Gene Autry and others. Together, they hit $1,100.

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Stingray revs up bids at Montrie Auction
By Nancy Kelly

IDA, Mich. — John and Linda Stiegel lived in their Ida home since 1976. He worked as an accountant and filled his leisure time with numerous household and outdoor activities.

His wife recalls him saying “Linda, I need another project.” The property was a showcase of the many woodworking, landscaping, and building projects he very capably tackled. When he died, his wife decided to liquidate the massive stock of tools he had accumulated, so Montrie Auction & Estate Service LLC was hired for the task.

Auctioneer Jade Montrie commented that “This is the cleanest tool auction I have ever had the privilege to do.” The yard implements were spotless, the woodworking tools were clean, and some folks at the auction commented that most items looked brand new, complete with their owner’s manuals. Montrie’s long-time associate Jason Babcock said even the tractor tires were treated with Armor All. The crowd responded well to the quality of the inventory and bidding was fast and high. Prices do not include the buyer’s premium.

As folks entered the yard, they walked past the two immaculately clean and well-maintained vehicles. The 2016 Corvette Stingray with 2,400 miles drew the highest bid of the day. The eye-catching red convertible left for a new home with a final bid of $42,000. Parked next to it, a 2017 GMC gray Canyon truck with 11,462 miles was claimed with a winning bid of $27,000. A 2015 John Deere X530 tractor showing 90 hours was offered with two weights and was claimed with a high bid of $4,850 while a companion John Deere X500 lawn tractor showing 512 hours with two weights finished at $1,750. A blade for the John Deer tractor was claimed with a bid of $125.

Stiegel had a passion for diecast model cars, and one segment of the crowd was in attendance specifically for these. Most were produced by Franklin Mint and the detail on each was exceptional. The highest selling model cars were the Corvettes, including a red Corvette and some convertibles that were claimed by one dedicated high bidder for $40 each. Other cars that left individually included a tow truck, a police car, a jeep, pickup trucks and various other models for $20-25 each. The rest were grouped and sold for $50-80 per flat. There was a larger scale very detailed metal hook and ladder fire truck with no manufacturer markings on it that proved popular, earning a high bid of $95.

A limited amount of furniture was offered. Two handsome mirror-back china cabinets had been the home of the diecast car collection. They drew final bids of $180 and $175. A clean and very comfortable padded patio set consisting of 4 chairs, a glass-top table, and a glider were much in demand, closing with a final bid of $475. The accompanying plastic storage bench finished at $80. A stately Howard Miller Grandfather clock dominated the living room before leaving with a high bid of $75. Other furniture items were also claimed throughout the house.

It was evident that the homeowner was an avid Michigan State University fan. The couple’s two sons attended the university, and the family’s Spartan Spirit was on display. An impressive bronze-like statue of an MSU quarterback preparing to throw the ball stood about 26-inches tall. He wore a cloth uniform, and some in the crowd joked that one could purchase the figure and change his uniform to maize and blue, since the east side of the state is generally more loyal to the University of Michigan. This heavy table-top icon was claimed with a high bid of $250. An MSU end table was rehomed with a high bid of $30, a Spartan padded folding chair left for $50, and a delicate block S glass shade small table lamp finished at $55.

The two acre property was well maintained and spotless, even in this early spring weather. The many implements that assisted in that process were being offered for sale. The Brush Master model CH4 15hp wood chipper/shredder by DEK that was housed in a shed constructed by the homeowner was eagerly claimed with a high bid of $600. A Honda 13hp power washer found a new job with a high bid of $400, a DeWalt chop saw closed at $240, and a Fimco pull-behind sprayer with trailer finished at $350.

There had been a light dusting of snow overnight prior to this early April sale, and Montrie joked that the massive Husqvarna Snow Blower had been used that morning to clean up the yard. The snow actually melted in the morning sun, and this imposing machine was claimed with a final bid of $525. The Honda GSV 190 TK vacuum, useful for cleaning up patio, lawn, driveway, and sidewalk surfaces, found a new home with a $400 high bid. The reliable brand name Stihl proved popular at this event, with the MS271 chain saw with extra bar and chains closing at $275, the BR420 backpack blower leaving at $225, and the hedge trimmer finishing at $185. There were numerous other yard and garden tools, with brand names including McLane, Toro, and Agri Fab that were all in clean condition and drew excellent bids.

Life in the country can lead to lengthy power outages, but this homeowner was prepared. His robust Generac XP8000E electric generator would be capable of reliable service. This popular item drew a bidding volley before settling with a final bid of $1,000.

The woodworking tools and accessories were also in like-new condition, well maintained and fully operational. Many items had their original owner’s manuals as well. The Craftsman 6.5hp 33-gallon air compressor proved to be a desirable lot, finishing with a bid of $210. The 2-piece multi-drawer red Craftsman roll-around tool box closed at $200, a Porter Cable sander and stand drew a final bid of $110, and the Craftsman drill press finished at $110. Numerous powered hand tools, many in their original plastic cases, were also sold. They included drills, sanders, grinders, and nailers. There were also tables full of quality sets of wrenches, screwdrivers, saws, and most anything else useful for woodworking or household projects.

Home entertainment items were also offered, with a LG 65-inch flat screen television featuring Harman Kardon sound drawing the highest bid at $600. Other LGs, as well as Sony, flat screen televisions sold for $160 to $180. Bose sound equipment was also offered and well received, with speakers finishing at up to $100. There were DVD players, blue ray systems, audio receivers, and more equipment. As with the other items at this sale, everything was clean, operational, and ready for new homes.

In addition to offering on-site auctions, Montrie conducts sales every Tuesday evening at their Toledo, Ohio, facility. Jade and Jennifer Montrie, co-owners of Montrie Auction & Estate Service L.L.C., can be reached at (419) 283-6966 or via their website:

Pavlik sells Jones estate
By Nancy Kelly

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. — Jack Jones resided in his Isabella County home on 80 acres for about 50 years. He worked for Hubscher Gravel until his retirement, and he enjoyed projects around the house. His collection of antique tractors, lawn mowers, and tools was visible proof of that. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, with the back 40 acres of his property consisting of woods and a stream.

When he passed away, his family decided to sell the homestead, so Pavlik Auction and Real Estate, LLC was selected for the job. Auctioneer and Realtor/Broker John Pavlik has an established reputation for selling farm property in the mid-Michigan area for over 30 years. His father, also named John Pavlik, recently celebrated 50 years in the field, so the family has a firm foundation for service and results in the rural community.

The sale of the house took place part way through the auction and was conducted as any other part of the auction, with the property going to the highest bidder. Pavlik explained that once the auction process had determined the price the rest of the transaction would proceed as a regular real estate sale. A $2,000 down payment was required, with closing in about 30 days. However, since part of the property was tillable land, they were willing to work with the new owner to get crops in the ground if needed before closing. The asking opening bid of $200,000 was quickly met. There appeared to be three or four people in the audience who were interested, and they worked their way to the front of the crowd. Auctioneer Gary Kochensparger, who was assisting that day, stood next to Pavlik to help verify the bids as they were placed. Within about 15 minutes the entire process was done, with a high bid of $290,000 claiming the 2-story, 3-bedroom house, out buildings, and land.

Prior to and after the sale of the property, Pavlik and Kochensparger conducted two sales rings to disperse the tools, home furnishings, tractors, and vehicles. There was no buyer’s premium, so prices listed here are the final selling prices.

Parked in the middle of the yard, the Ford 1995 F250 flat bed pick up truck was the center of attention. It had 45,000 miles, came with a Meyers 8’ show plow attached on the front and wooden racks attached to the bed. It started right up and ran well, which inspired the bidding to climb to a final price of $4,000. The truck shoppers backed up and the automobile buyers moved forward as the Lincoln Town Car was offered. It was a white 2003 model, with a leather interior and 103,000 miles. Kochensparger teased and cajoled the bidders while they considered the vehicle, and it slowly climbed to a high bid of $2,600.

Mr. Jones’s antique tractors were all from the 1950s and were very popular with the crowd. Lined up in the yard, each was started and run for the bidders to listen to and determine their value. The large red Massey-Ferguson 65 diesel tractor with excellent tires was the winner in this category, drawing a high bid of $3,500. Next was the John Deere 50 with hand clutch and very good tires that finished at $2,300. A Ford Select-O-Speed 801 with front blade was considered before closing with a high bid of $1,150 and the vintage Ford 8N sold with wheel weights and chains for a final bid of $850.

The property featured a huge yard, so there was a nice selection of mowers that were used to maintain it. The zero-turn Exmark mower provided a comfy seat in the shade during the auction until it was started up and sold with a high bid of $1,500. The Club Cadet Hydro mower with a brush on the front was offered as a way to clean up the stones that the county plows push onto the lawn. Along with a detachable mower deck, this unit left with a high bid of $1,700. The Murray 5-speed 11-36 mower wouldn’t start, but it still earned a respectable bid of $160. Other outdoor maintenance implements included a Snow Devil electric start snowblower with plastic cab cover that closed at $350, a Ferguson 3-point brush hog finished at $325, a 2600 psi power washer with a Honda motor for $120, and an Estate lawn rake/thatcher that closed at $160.

Numerous home furnishings were offered, including shelves, cabinets, tables, and chairs as well as china and glassware. Everything was moved out onto the lawn on this sunny day for ease of viewing and shopping. But the beautiful Daniel Dakota quartz oak grandmother clock remained in its place of honor inside the front room. Pavlik was leery of moving it, as sometimes clocks stop working when they are disturbed. After sufficient time to examine it, bidding was opened on this marvelous time piece, and it was claimed with a high bid of $150.

Meanwhile, a second ring featured the tools and parts. Some highlights there included a Schumaker 40/200 battery charger that finished at $42.50, a Magna Force air compressor at $35, a Werner extension ladder at $80, and a cutting torch set for $200. There were two flat bed trailers full of tools, as well as more in the out buildings and around the yard.

A somewhat contentious bidding flurry erupted over an antique telephone. This vintage candlestick-style phone complete with its ringer box proved very popular as the price continued to climb. Finally, one bidder emerged successful with the high bid of $100.

As the auction progressed, the word of the day became “puddingstone”. This is the popular name given to a type of conglomerate rock that features rounded pebbles of contrasting colors compared to the base color of the rock. There was a handsome pair on the front lawn measuring approximately 24” long each that were eagerly claimed for $100. Another large singular one near the garage closed at $50. Numerous other, smaller ones were used in the landscaping of the house, and the crowd eagerly sought them out for purchasing. Then came the realization that they would have to be extracted and carried, and much teasing ensured as to who would move them and how much they would charge. An audible groan was heard as one last cluster of stones was discovered in front of the house, but they were quickly dispersed.

Pavlik Auction and Real Estate, LLC of Alma, Michigan, is looking forward to many more auctions throughout the year. They can be reached via their website or by calling 989-463-4903.

Chicagoland will head to new home in the fall
By Jack Kelly

ST. CHARLES, Ill. —After more than 30 years at the Pheasant Run Resort, the Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Juke Box Show will be moving to a new home in the fall. The three-day event, which ended on April 8 was the last one at the old location.

The twice-yearly show will be heading 42 miles north to the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center in Grayslake, Ill., in the fall. The show&squo;s promoters said they were notified that the ballroom would no longer be available because of a heavy booking of weddings and special events, which markedly shrinks available booth rental spaces.

The Grayslake facility features 62,000 square feet which is bigger than the Pheasant Run location.

Once again, the largest amount of floor space was taken up by Bill Rawski of Zap Props of Chicago, who estimated he offered “a quarter-million dollars of goodies filling 10 booths.”

Many shoppers stopped to gawk at his restored 7-foot-long tin framed Evinrude Outboard Motors neon sign, which could light up your life for $35,000. Those with more subdued interests checked out his 1880-1890s brass and zinc construction eagle with 5-foot wingspan rescued from an Ohio Oddfellows Lodge building priced at $5,500.

Barrington, Ill., dealer Mike Hasanov, of Vintage Coin-op Restorations, spread out across multiple booths to display oversize coin-op machines. They included a pair of rare nickel-operated 5½ foot-long, 48-inch-tall wood and cast-iron 1929-30s arcade machines, which were discovered at the same spot where they had been stored for 89 years. The games were Play Golf, a sports challenge game, and Play the Derby, a horse race theme machine. The pair was priced at $35,000.

Still another horse race machine, this one a 12-by-20-inch glass and wood countertop penny-operated device, was offered by Keith and Tammie Stelter of Buchanan, Mich. “It&squo;s a really fun contraption. It was made by a men&squo;s suspender manufacturing company in Hastings, Mich., during World War II” said Keith and it had a very short production run. It could spin and run races at your place for one penny – plus $3,000. The Stelters are advertising thermometer collectors and offered examples priced from $5 to $500 each.

A stunning hand-carved dark wood and etched glass 5-foot-tall 1942 light-up Wurlitzer Victory jukebox took “one and a half months to restore,” according to dealer Tim Walker of Raymond, Wis., who said it sold at the Chicagoland Show for $6,500. At the same spot, also sold was an all original light-up Wurlitzer Model 600 jukebox, also a 24- selection player, priced at $2,000.

“Most of the stuff is sold, and I took over 20 orders,” said Dan Cooney, Cooney Island, Antiques of Tustin, Calif., looking over an expanse of multiple booths filled with Coca-Cola items. Pristine restored Coke vending machines were priced from $6,500 to $10,000, surrounded by other items with the famous soft drink name.

Slot machine collectors hovered around the booth of Frank Zygmunt Jr., of Westmont, Ill., where his usual selection of dozens of examples were on display, along with other coin-operated machines, priced from $800 to $50,000 each. Many people admired his fancy countertop cast-iron and carved wood Imperial “shock machine” which offered a “treatment” of medicinal help for just one penny. The oddball battery powered device, featuring the illustration of a pretty 1915 maiden&squo;s face under glass on the front was priced at $9,000.

A group of six different 60-inch-tall Watling penny-operated porcelain scales — each with a soda pop flavor name neon sign added to the top were available from Jeff Storck of Round Hill, Va. He said the rectangular glass-faced tin boxes topping the scale heads originally housed printed advertising, but Storck got the idea to replace them with neon signs. He said it took 8 to 10 hours to restore each one and he priced them at $3,950 each.

Otto Dorris drove 12 hours from his home in Bixby, Okla., to show off an oddball 14-inch-tall cast iron Menominee “bankers fan” with vertical blades that directed the flow down to the desk. The contraption could “cool your cash” for $2,800. Still another spinner at the same spot, a 1913 tin spinner sign with oval shaped advertising on both sides and measuring 14-by 16-inches, was priced at $3,500.

Rick and Jaci Englert have visited the Chicagoland show as shoppers 30 times, but in April they returned to set up and sell, traveling 1,800 miles from their home in Spokane, Wash. Rick pointed with pride to a restored penny-operated 1930s Caille trade stimulator with gumball feature and priced at $1,500. At the same spot sat an 18-inch-long pressed steel toy truck advertising Wrigley&squo;s Gum which could sit on the mantel at your place for $900.

As the show ended, Rick said with a smile, “I&squo;ll do it again. I had a great time.”

The upcoming fall show dates are Nov. 16 –18.

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