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Rare En-Ar-Co Motor Oil Rack & Bottles - Lot 299

Canadian. 1930s. Among the finest examples known. Complete with 2 wire bottle carriers and 16 En-Ar-Co bottles. Four-sided tin litho display rack featuring the famous "slate boy" logo. One side marked, "St. Thomas Metal Signs St. Thomas Ontario" lower edge. Top of rack embossed, "Property of Canadian Oil Companies Limited". 24" x 20.5" x 19". Minor, uniform oxidization to a single side. The remaining sides show minor, isolated paint loss along lower edges. Exceptional vibrance and colour. No touchups or restoration. Bottles are free from chips, cracks, staining or significant scratches. All retain their original caps and elusive cork gaskets. It is interesting to note that the rack was discovered complete with bottles, as offered. Sale subject to reserve.

Estimate: $15,000 - 18,000

Live Auction Details: Advertising & Nostalgia. April 6th. 10 am.

Auction Location: 59 Webster St. New Hamburg, Ontario. N3A 1W8

 

1967 650cc Triumph TR6R Motorcycle - Lot 198

English. 1967 Trophy Sport model. 650cc engine. Original seat, parts, accessories and literature included. Block stamped, "T12OR - DU35778". Excellent original chrome without pitting or corrosion. Very good professional repaint in black, enhanced with pinstripe customization. Some parts have been replaced with genuine Triumph parts. Retains original chain guard (not currently installed). Starts and runs properly.

Estimate: $4000 - 6000

Live Auction Details: Advertising & Nostalgia. April 6th. 10 am.

Auction Location: 59 Webster St. New Hamburg, Ontario. N3A 1W8

 


Star Beverages Tin Litho Sign - Lot 296

With craft breweries sweeping world, one can't help but wonder if the same thing might happen again in the pop industry. Before massive conglomerates like Coca-Cola and Unilever owned most of our choices in store refrigerators, family owned "bottling companies" in smaller geographic areas would serve communities. This rare 1930s Star Beverages tin lithograph sign from Sudbury Ontario reminds us of this. Features as part of the Ryan McNabb Collection.

Estimate: $800 - 1200

Live Auction Details: Advertising & Nostalgia. April 6th. 10 am.

Auction Location: 59 Webster St. New Hamburg, Ontario. N3A 1W8


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Diane Sewell has been a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has written two commissioned books, feature stories for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and assorted consumer magazines, as well as a variety of marketing and communications tools for a broad and fascinating range of clients. She also happens to love antiques, having been exposed to them from an early age.