Unique, Nostalgic and Wonderful
Going Once ...Going Twice...Sold!
Citizens of the historic eastern Pennsylvania city of Pottstown banded together with additional supporters of The Carousel at Pottstown project to hold a fundraising auction Wednesday, April 23rd.
The Carousel at Pottstown extends a special thank you to Bev Reber, whose tireless efforts in coordinating the event are the reason the auction was such a success.
The proceeds from the auction will enable the Carousel at Pottstown to complete the installation of the updated electrical service for the building. The old electrical system was determined to be a safety hazard and was removed, which imposed severe limitations on the restoration efforts.
"Pottstown has always been known as a pickers' paradise for rare antiques," said Carousel at Pottstown committee spokesperson George Wausnock. "The people of our city have been very generous and supportive with our past fundraisers, but this time they've outdone themselves. We've received some terrific auction items, which will go a long way in helping us achieve our remaining goal of $400,000."
One of the sale's top highlights came from veteran Pennsylvania auctioneer Ted Maurer, who happens to be Kathy Maurer's father. He has donated a 3ft by 3ft galleon made around 1900 by inmates at New York's Sing Sing prison. In addition to its impressive size, the model ship boasts hand-knotted rigging and realistic plank decks.
Among the toys auctioned were a Lionel Model 385E standard gauge train set with individual boxes, an early Steiff bear on wheels, and numerous tin and cast-iron toys, including an antique horse-drawn cast-iron circus wagon.
Another sub-category was Disneyana, with featured lots including Mickey Mouse watches in their original boxes, and a boxed set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs figures.
An enviable collection of milk glass included musical milk-glass unicorns. Additionally, the auction included rare stoneware, large and small advertising items, Oriental rugs, and an antique European carousel horse.
A large, single-owner collection of commemorative knives included coveted World's Fair souvenirs.
The sports collectibles categorywais led by a rare, SGC-graded 1953 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card. Other sports memorabilia ran the gamut of baseball, football, golf, boxing and car racing, with a number of racing photos and programs pertaining to Indianapolis and local racetracks. There was a football signed by Joe Paterno and many other early, signed sports photos and ephemera items.
The auction was rounded out with a broad selection of old tools, quilts, comic books, Boy Scout memorabilia, kitchen utensils (including agate), and Beatles LPs.