Published: November 27, 2001
MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. – Two huge, lifelong estate collections were recently offered by Cottone Auctions.
The first, a two-day sale consisting of the clock collection of Harold Day from Wellsville, N.Y., was held on October 11 and 12. Day started collecting in the 1950s, and accumulated a vast collection of many interesting timepieces. The highlights of the sale included a Treat and Bishop 30-hour wooden works miniature shelf clock, which sold to a Midwest collector for $8,140.
Found in the attic along side the Treat and Bishop was a unique trade sign with original gilding, advertising jewelry, watches and clocks. The sign sold to a Wisconsin collector for $7,150. A large swinger realized $3,300, while a Munger flat-top brought $3,740.
Several advertising clocks were offered at the sale. One for Perry Buggies sold for $3,630, while a Fred Frick advertising clock brought $2,750.
A Seth Thomas #1 Extra realized $4,400, a jewelers wall regulator, with replaced dial, brought $2,651, and a rare miniature ogee sold for $3,190. An E.C. Brewster beehive shelf clock with detached fusee brought $5,060.
Among the many parts and cases sold was a rare Norris North miniature clock case that sold for $3,575. During the two-day event, more than 800 lots were sold, with the remainder of the collection to be auctioned at a later date.
On October 26 and 27, in less than ideal weather conditions, Cottone conducted the estate auction of Ted Trice from Sennett, N.Y.
On Friday, railroad memorabilia of all sorts brought in collectors from every part of the country. An rdf_Description discovered late, and not advertised, did not go overlooked. It was a demitasse cup and saucer from the Lehigh Valley railroad that brought $3,410.
Top lot among the many railroad lanterns offered was a D&H Co. green globe lantern, which brought $3,960. Hundreds of railroad locks, maps, photographs and hats were offered that ranged in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Also sold was a pair of hitching posts that sold to a phone bidder from New Jersey for $3,190, and a large, 32-inch diameter bell from Jones & Co. Troy Bell Foundry that brought $3,850.
On Saturday, the Trice Museum and metal shop were sold. The museum was the home to several antique cars and fire engines. The top lot of the sale was an 1853 fire pumper that brought $20,900.
A 1923 Model T “Woody” brought $11,000, and a 1910 Ford Speedster sold for $9,625, as did a 1920 Dodge truck, “Trice Sheet Metal.”
A Model 57, 1918 Cadillac brought $17,250, while a 1922 Studebaker five-passenger touring car brought $9,900.
A rare Western Union lamp drew much pre-auction attention and sold for $6,875. A 1903 auto-racing trophy from Syracuse, N.Y., brought $3,025. A horse weathervane, in original patina, sold to a phone bidder for $3,135.
A pianolin, one of several mechanical pianos sold, brought $7,700, selling to a phone bidder from Arizona. Four paintings by local artist F. Barney were also sold, the top lot bringing $2,400, and selling to a California collector. Advertising rdf_Descriptions included a GAR poster that realized $1,815.
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