The three-day event will be conducted at the gallery of Pope Auction Center on Illinois Rte. 48.

(RAYMOND, Ill). – Nearly 2,000 quality lots of antique and collectible toys, vintage and modern firearms, petroliana, soda, breweriana, country store and more will be sold at a massive three-day event planned for Nov. 23-25 by Matthews Auctions, LLC, based in Nokomis, Ill. The auction will be held at the gallery of the Pope Auction Center, on Illinois Route 48 in Raymond.

Husky Service double-sided porcelain sign with dog and sunburst logo, 48 inches by 42 inches

The first day of the sale – Friday, Nov. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. (CST) – will be devoted mainly to toys and firearms. Toys will feature a rare and restored metal Caterpillar Diesel D-4 pedal bulldozer in nice condition by New London Toys, a John Deere pedal tractor, Texaco trucks, airplane banks, and pieces by Marx, Wyandotte, Lehmann, Chein, Tonka and Structo.

Vintage firearms will feature a pre-ban Colt AR-15 Model SP1 .223 caliber long gun in very good condition (serial #SP89953), with a 20-inch barrel, triangle forearm and no forward assist (circa 1963-1984); and a World War II commemorative Thompson .45 caliber semi-automatic rifle with 18-inch barrel, never fired, issued by the American Historical Foundation.

Other long guns will include a Stag Arms AR-15; an 1894 Winchester .32 caliber; a Winchester 90; a Ruger M77 300 with Winchester magazine; a Browning A-5 automatic 12-gage; a Remington 30-06 pump with scope; a Winchester Model 320, .22 caliber; a Springfeld 1884 trap door; SKS Chinese; Postal Meter and Inland; Stevens Double Barrel and M-1 carbines.

Handguns will feature an S&W 5906 9mm; an S&W 4046 9mm; a Colt 1877 thunder; a never-shot S&W 622, .22 caliber; a never-shot Glock .22-.40 caliber; a Colt 1911 A1, .45 caliber and others. An actual cannon will also be sold. So, too, will be two knife display cabinets and several lots of gun advertising (Winchester, Savage and others). Federal firearms laws will apply.

Days two and three – Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25 – will have over 1,000 lots of antique advertising and country store items. Petroliana will abound, with items including a Cadillac Authorized Service double-sided porcelain sign with shield logo, 42 inches in diameter, rated 9+ out of 10 on both sides for condition and an excellent sign, with great color and gloss.

Also offered will be a Husky Service double-sided porcelain sign with dog and sunburst logo, 48 inches by 42 inches, rated 8 and 7, with great gloss and color but also several chips; and a Richlube (“Safety!”) Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign with early open wheel race car graphics of a car going downhill, 24 inches in diameter, rated 8, with stellar color and graphics.

Rounding out the category is original artwork for a “Time to Re-Tire – Buy Fisk”sign, oil on canvas, 21 inches by 46 inches (26 inches by 56 inches in the wood frame), rated 9+, in very good condition and with great vivid colors; and a Wayne Model #80 computing gas pump with Martin & Swartz faceplates, restored in Sunoco colors and complete with fancy 13 ½ inch globe.

Day two will also have some outstanding ceramic syrup dispensers, including one for Fowler’s Cherry Smash (“Our National Beverage”), with original pump top, 15 inches tall, rated 9; one for Ward’s Lemon Crush, 13 inches tall, rated 8.75 and 8, with no chips, cracks or repairs; and one for Ward’s Orange Crush, rated 8.5, also 13 inches tall with no chips, cracks or repairs.

Do cigarettes and swine go together? They do in this paragraph! Offered will be a single-sided porcelain sign for Eagle Bird Cigarettes, rated 9+ with ten layers of porcelain, showing great color and gloss but some minor chips, too; and a Landrace “America’s Fastest Growing Swine Breed” double-sided tin sign with top and bottom lip and fine graphics, rated 9.5 and 8.5.
Soda fans will not be disappointed. Pepsi lots will include original artwork for a Pepsi-Cola sign (“The Light Refreshment – Refreshes Without Filling”), mixed media on artist’s board and in good condition, 21 inches by 40 inches, rated 8.9; and a Vendo Pepsi-Cola coin-operated vending machine (Model #BMC-88) in original condition, rated 8.5 with only some light wear.

Coke fans will be able to bid on an original and rare Coca-Cola single-sided tin sign, self-framed, with “Elaine” holding a glass of Coke, 30 inches by 20 inches, rated 7. Also sold will be a Wrigley counter-top chewing gum display, holding four kinds of gum, metal, rated 7.5; and a Wrigley’s Doublemint / Spearmint double-sided porcelain sign, 9 inches by 30 inches, rated 8.

Rounding out just some of the auction’s expected top lots are a Dutch Boy (Red Seal) double-sided die-cut sign advertising white lead paint, with marvelous graphics front and back, 20 inches by 14 inches, rated 8 and 7; and a Watling Scale Company “What’s Your Wate?” coin-operated weight scale, metal and glass, fully restored, 77 inches tall, in excellent working order.

Matthews Auctions, LLC will hold live online-only auctions in December, January and February, before its next live audience sale, slated for Feb. 19-20, 2013 in Raymond, also at the Pope Auction Center gallery. Headlining the auction will be antique and modern toys, plus petroliana items, glassware, pottery, decorative accessories and other items yet to be consigned.

Matthews Auctions, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them toll-free, at (877) 968-8880, or you can send an e-mail directly to Dan Matthews at [email protected]

Mr. Matthews has written a book about petroliana, titled The Fine Art of Collecting Petroliana. For information on how to order a copy, please log on to the Matthews Auctions, LLC website, at For more information about Matthews Auctions, LLC, and the Nov. 23-25 three-day auction event, please log on to