MLA Auction 45 – Spring 2018 – Miscellaneous

Closed Sat May 12 at 6pm ET.

MS001 Folk Art Boxing Ring
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $250

When I saw this little boxing toy, I had to have it for the auction. It is unmarked and has the look of a handmade toy. The maker had some skill as the boxers are well formed and the paint is fabulous. Hard to guess the age, but I suspect it could be as old as the 1920s. The paint has developed a terrific aged surface. This is a small toy. The ring measures 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. The men are 6″ tall. The condition is quite extraordinary. The man in the red shorts is missing the front of his shoe. Otherwise this toy is amazingly intact. Two strings still support one arm each on the men and there is even some remnants of string from the ring. For me, the paint is the real story here. Lots of detail in the mens faces and clothing. They even have nipples and belly-buttons. And the surface on this toy is killer! There can be only one!


MS002 Levesque – Montreal
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

Pierre Levesque Sr was a cooper in Montreal who first appears in directories in the 1870s. He was listed at 684 St. Laurent in 1887. These are sometimes referred to as apple carriers, but they were no doubt used to carry all manner of things. This one held a half a bushel. 11 1/2″ tall. Excellent condition. As is typical, the wood has shrunk leaving the metal banding quite loose. The last owner added a few thin splints to try and tighten it up. This piece is quite intact and has a great look.


MS003 No Dot Crown Midget
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $600

This scarce No Dot Crown midget is one of the nicest examples I have seen. The jar is dead mint, which is something I can rarely write. The glass has a full gloss like the day it was made. The glass colour is a rich aqua with a strong bluish tone. Perfect ground lip. Correct odd size zinc band and glass insert. The insert has the tiniest fish eye bruise. Better than yours!


MS004 Rose Ame Pint
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: Not

A sweet example of the Rose American pint. Near mint with a few straw lines and tiny nibbles to the machined-mouth. Good glass clarity and tons of tiny seed bubbles. Hint of amethyst colour. Mint aqua insert and a good band.


MS005 Hartz Poison
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $400

A terrific example of a scarce 8oz Hartz poison from Toronto. Near mint condition. Perfect lip. Great exterior gloss. Burst bubble on one corner but totally the way it was made. One of the best ones of these I have handled.


MS006 Keiffer – Ridgeway
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $210

A rare straight-sided Coke from J. Keiffer of Ridgeway Ontario. This one is near mint. Tumbled clean. Only minor imperfections. A tough bottle in any condition and this one is excellent.


MS007 Cleverly Ferguson – Brandon
Minimum Bid: $250
Range:$400-500
Sold: $250

A rare mug from Cleverly & Ferguson Brandon MB. The mug itself was made by the Branford Potteries. Mugs of this type are very scarce and this one is especially so. Heavy chip off the base edge. Overall crazing typical of Brantford pieces of this era. You are not likely to see another one of these.


MS008 Huethers (Waterloo)
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $120

A great little mug from the Huether’s brewery of Waterloo ON. Mug is German made and stamped GERMANY on the base. Overall heavy crazing and stain from burial but this mug is solid and intact. An interesting collection can be compiled of different novelty mugs from this brewery. It has been brought to my attention that this mug comes in two sizes. This one is the small version marked 1/4″ on the side near the handle and measuring 3 7/8″ tall.


MS009 Coke Palm Push
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $230

An original Coke palm push. 11 1/2″. Heavy chipping to the porcelain on the lower grommet. A bit of chipping along the edge top right and left middle. Overall good condition. Still has a bit of paint along the edges attesting to its being the real McCoy.


MS010 Christin – Montreal
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $180

A near mint J. Christin & Cie from Montreal. A few rubs from burial but overall a very clean example. One of the best trademarks. Medalta Potteries made bottle.


MS011 Robillard – Montreal
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $100

A mint example of a Robillard & Cie from Montreal.


MS012 Consumers – Montreal
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

A good example of the Consumers Ginger Beer Co from Montreal. Great trademark! Chips to the blob top, but otherwise clean.


MS013 Gurds Threesome
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: $75

A nice colourful lot of three Gurds ginger beers. The tan top left is from the Montreal branch. Excellent condition with a potstone where the shoulder meets the neck (front right in photo). The teal one center is near mint with a few light scratches. The red brown on right has a 2″ hairline in the neck right rear.


MS014 Pair of BC Sodas
Minimum Bid: $50
Range:$75-100
Sold: $50

A pair of BC soda bottles. The Meikle Bros bowling pin is a scarce bottle in poor condition. Huge whack out of the side of the lip. Otherwise clean with original inside thread stopper. A mint one will set you back. The Thorpe & Co Nelson BC has a bit of light casewear but is generally good.


MS015 Walsh & Horsfield – Barrie
Minimum Bid: $25
Range:$50-75
Sold: $70

A machine-made quart soda from Walsh & Horsfield Barrie. A scarce bottle with a great beaver trademark. Overall heavy stain from burial. Crudely made with several cooling cracks in the neck. A tough bottle to find in any condition.