|By William Flood
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Pottery, folk art, advertising, toys, and even militaria were part of a huge two-day auction held by Joe R. Pyle Complete Auction and Realty Service the weekend of Sept. 27-28.
The auction represented part of the lifetime collection of James and Karen Giuliani’s, conducted at their historic home, the Alexander Wade House in Morgantown and online via Proxibid.
The bulk of Friday’s items were smalls, including signs, advertising, sports memorabilia, and militaria among other categories. Seven lots containing signs and other markers were offered, including one local sign from the Giuliani Family store in Bretz, W.Va., featuring Scheidt’s Valley Forge Beer. That piece sold for $80 online. A fur trunk from Jones Fur Service of Fairmont, W.Va., sold for $225 onsite.
Better than two-dozen lots of toys, including nine lots of Disneyana, were featured on Friday. Among them, a nice group of 1960s and ’70s era items containing a Mickey Mouse radio, camera, soap dish, and Mickey “jack-in-the-box”. An onsite buyer picked it all up for $25. Other toys included a Marx Fort Apache playset and assorted Marx dinosaurs selling for $130 and a made-in-Japan eight-piece tin Penny Toy train which went for $35.
For the sports fan, 18 items were available Friday including six pieces commemorating Cleveland Browns All-American center Frank Gatski which sold anywhere from $20-$50. A pair of 1949/1950 Baltimore Colts versus Cleveland Browns programs sold for $30.
Saturday brought larger, earlier, and typically more valuable pieces. Grabbing the highest bid of the weekend was a 12-inch freehand decorated crock with imagery of people selling for $5,750 to an onsite buyer. A 5-inch ceramic Philadelphia lady’s cosmetic pot, possibly centennial era, fetched $950. And, an early blue-painted box featuring tulips, birds, and hearts sold for $725
Also, selling high were primitive and folk art pieces like an early wooden rocking horse with glass eyes and mohair mane and tail at $400. A regulator folk art clock marked “Kessie Price 1888-1926” and “Rock Creek, Maryland” sold for $110. Both pieces went to on-site bidders.
Furniture buyers picked up items like a blue and red primitive cupboard, selling at $450; and, an oak library map cabinet made by Leonard Manufacturing Company of Grand Rapids, Mich., that went for $280.
Plenty more toys were available on Saturday. A collection of vintage Barbie, Skipper, and Ken dolls and clothing, much of it in original boxes sold for $360 onsite. Onsite buyers also picked up a Schuco Curvo 1000 tin windup motorcycle for $150 and won the bidding at $120 for a Disney Productions Mickey Riding Pluto tin litho windup toy.
For more information visit Joerpyleauctions.com or call (304) 592-6000