CEDAR POINT, Ill. – A noteworthy lifetime single-owner collection, comprising more than 700 lots of vintage toy trucks, cast-iron and tin motorcycle toys, full-size antique motorcycles and bicycles, advertising signs and displays, petroliana, coin-op machines and even a big-rig 1954 Mack LTH semi truck, will be sold at auction May 2-3 by Matthews Auctions and Gavin Pope Auction Co.
The auction will be conducted at a former schoolhouse building in Cedar Point, Ill., a small town about 90 minutes southwest of Chicago. The collections were amassed over the course of more than 40 years by Don Fiedler of nearby Spring Valley, Ill., who is less active today, and wants others to enjoy what he’s collected.
“Don Fiedler is 66 years old and one of the most interesting and colorful characters you will ever meet,” said Dan Matthews of Matthews Auctions. “He’s six-foot-six, has been married twice, is a cancer survivor and has long white hair down to his waist and a beard to match.
He’s a gentle giant who’s owned several saloons, a trucking company and the well-known House of Powder paint coating business. It was while in these lines of work that he amassed his many and varied collections.”
The first day of the auction will feature nearly 175 lots of advertising and petroliana signs; floor and counter-top displays; nearly 50 vintage oil cans; 75 lots of paper goods, from posters to parts boxes; six gas pumps, fully restored; vintage motorcycles, including Indian, Harley Davidson and Cushing models; rare vintage bicycles; and the 1954 Mack semi truck.
The advertising signs will include porcelain, paper and tin examples. Many are scarce and in mint or near-mint condition, including a rare AFM Registered Repair Shop porcelain flange sign; a Delco “America’s No. 1 Battery” double-sided tin sign; and a rare Texaco Motor Oil Ford porcelain sign.
Several curb and counter-top displays, plus clocks and lighted signs, will also be offered. Day one will also feature several lots of oil cans, to include an original Harley Davidson 5-gallon rocker-style piece, in fabulous condition; and six professionally restored gas pumps, including a 1930s-era Milwaukee cash recording pump.
Stars of Fiedler’s vintage motorcycle collection include a 1941 and 1947 Indian Chief; a 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide pan head; a vintage Salsburg Scooter; and a 1952 Harley-Davidson Servi-Car.
Nearly 50 vintage bicycles will come under the gavel. Top lots include Indian Motorcycle Company 151 and Roadster 154 models and and other examples in various conditions and colors, by makers like Monarch, J.C. Higgins, Schwinn, Chicago Cycle, and more.
Day two will feature close to 350 lots, mostly collectible antique toys and coin-op machines. First to cross the block will be toy motorcycles, including a Hubley “Popeye” Indian Patrol 2-cylinder; a rare Hubley “U.S. Air Mail” Indian 2-cylinder with box van side car; and a Hubley “Crash Car” 4-cylinder.
Items in Fielder’s toy truck collection include a Smith-Miller “B” Mack tandem axle dump truck; a Smith-Miller Ford cab-over truck with flat bed; and a Fred Thompson Smith-Miller “B” Mack McLean Trucking Company semi and trailer. Many of the Fred Thompson trucks are limited-production examples.
Rounding out the session will be desirable coin-op machines. These include a Place 5-cent slot machine; a fully-operational pinball machine; trade stimulators, including a Penny Pack machine; nearly 20 candy, peanut and gumball machines, by Master Peanut, Double Nugget, Northwestern and other manufacturers; match dispensers; cigarette machines; vending machines; scales; and punch cards.
This will be an absolute auction, meaning all of the nearly 750 collectible and fresh-to-the-market items will be sold to the highest bidder, without reserve. Online bidding will be made possible by Proxibid. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.