Gas station collectibles, Canadian petroliana signs, automobilia do well in Miller & Miller auction, May 15
- NEW HAMBURG, Canada
- May 20,
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Two Supertest Service Station (“Canada’s All Canadian Company”) double-sided porcelain hanging signs sold for a combined $41, and a Bennett Supertest gas pump from the s brought $20, in an online Petroliana & Advertising auction held May 15th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. The auction overall grossed $,
All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars and are inclusive of the buyer’s premium.
The auction was headlined by the Bill McNevan collection of gas station memorabilia that featured items from Supertest, Red Indian, British American, Imperial, Reliance, Texaco, Fina, Cities Service and White Rose. Automobilia included signs from Ford, General Motors, Dominion Tires, Good Year, Goodrich and AC and Champion Spark Plugs.
“Collectors are hungry for advertising, and petroliana remains the hottest form of advertising right now,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “This sale was proof. Porcelain dealer signs were in some cases tripling the high estimates. Good porcelain and tin litho signs are off the charts. Many longtime collectors called me after the sale in bewilderment. They can’t participate in the market with prices at these levels. Some have coined it ‘COVID craziness’.”
The Supertest Service Station (“Canada’s All Canadian Company”) double-sided porcelain hanging signs both carried estimates of $6,$8, One, from the s, 48 inches in diameter and housed in the original frame, went for $20, The other, from the s and larger in size, at 60 inches in diameter, in the original aluminum frame, realized $21,
Vintage gas pumps are hugely popular. The s Bennett Supertest pump, repainted to Supertest branding, sailed past its estimate of $4,$6, to bring $20, The inch-tall steel gas pump featured new decals, hose and globe, and had the original ad glass and register dials. The pump was tagged, “Service Station Equipment Co., Ltd., Toronto SSE Bennett ECO”.
Following are additional highlights from the auction, which attracted registered bidders who placed 6, online bids. Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and the Miller & Miller website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com). One hundred percent of lots were sold, 66 percent of lots met or exceeded estimate, and 31 percent of lots surpassed the high estimate.
A Depression-era Goodrich Tires “Mountie” porcelain sign, 56 inches by 20 inches and arguably Canada’s most recognizable automotive advertising sign, featuring a full-figure Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer in uniform represented in eight colors, garnered $16,; while a rare s porcelain Canadian Tire Products sign with the early “CTC” maple leaf logo, 24 inches in diameter, with light craze lines, blew past its $2,$3, pre-sale estimate to finish at $5,
Two s Canadian automotive dealer signs, one Ford and one GM, beat their $3,$4, estimates. The Ford double-sided painted sign (“Ford Genuine Parts”), made from lithographed steel, with applied reflective sand script, 20 ¾ inches by 27 ½ inches, went for $11,; and the General Motors Products two-sided porcelain dealer sign, displayed back-to-back in its original frame and marked “Property of General Motors Products”, 54 inches by 56 inches, hit $12,
A Canadian Red Indian single-sided porcelain service station sign from the s, five feet in diameter, marked “The W. F. Vilas Co. Limited, Cowansville, P.Q.” lower edge, knocked down for $10, Also, a Canadian Orange Crush steel and wood store soda cooler from the s, having four embossed lithographed tin panels (two with chalkboards), commanded $7,
A Good Year Tires double-sided porcelain wall-mounting flange sign from the s, quite rare and featuring Good Year’s “tire around the world” graphic, 27 ¾ inches by 20 inches, changed hands for $6,; while a monumental Good Year Tires porcelain sign, also from the s and also scarce, 60 inches by 30 inches, achieved $4, Both were made for the Canadian market.
An AC Spark Plugs Chevrolet store counter displays made for the American market in the s, having a lithographed tin body and featuring a rotating integral spark plug storage shelf complete with plug fitting charts, hit $4, Also, a s General Motors Trucks double-sided porcelain dealer hanging sign manufactured for the Canadian market, 30 inches in diameter, made $5,
A Canadian s Johnson Sea-Horse Outboard Motors single-sided tin litho sign from the Shields General Store in Coboconk, Ontario (still in existence today, as a home hardware store), 11 ¾ inches by 24 inches, earned $5, Also, a s-era Fundy milk gas pump globe with a reverse painted glass lens, sold for $3, Fundy gas stations were located in eastern Canada.
Miller & Miller Auctions has three auctions lined up for June. They are as follows:
- June 5 – Canadiana & Sporting Auction, featuring the Don & Joyce Blyth collection.
- June 12 – Watches & Jewels
- June 19 – Advertising
Miller & Miller Auctions is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.
The opportunity to consign advertising for the June 19 Sale ends May Contact or [email protected] To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and their calendar of upcoming auctions, please visit www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
59 Webster Street
New Hamburg, Canada
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