DAVENPORT, Ia. – A single-owner lifetime collection of motorcycle memorabilia – much of it Harley-Davidson, including vintage clothing, posters, accessories, parts,signs and even three operational Servi-Car three-wheelers – will be sold at an auction conducted by Matthews Auctions LLC, based in Nokomis, Ill., Aug. 28, at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 5202 Brady Street in Davenport, at 10 a.m. (CST).
In addition to the motorcycle items, the sale will also feature nearly 100 examples of porcelain and painted petroliana, automobilia and antique advertising signs. For those unable to attend, Internet bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Harley-Davidson signs will feature a vintage cardboard sign, framed, made circa 1915 and reading “J.D. Dickerson, Rural Home” ($4,000-$5,000); a Sales-Service single-sided embossed tin sign (“Leo N. Herrick, Rochester, N.Y.”), with bar-and-shield logo, circa 1920s/’30s ($3,000-$4,000); and a Sales-Service double-sided metal flange sign ($4,000-$5,000). Accessories (all circa 1930s-’50s) will include a Harley-Davidson mini wind sock ($3,000-$4,000); a Harley-Davidson metal bottle opener and spinner, in the form of a man on a motorcycle ($750-$1,000); a combination motorcycle grip and cigarette lighter ($1,000-$1,200); a Harley-Davidson pocket knife ($300-$500); and a brass fender mount fixture of a spread-wing eagle with Harley-Davidson bar-and-shield logo ($1,500-$2,000).
A selection of vintage motorcycle clothing items will be offered ($300 and up). These include an Atlanta Motorcycle Club jacket with Antique Motorcycles of America (AMA) patch; a Twin States Ramblers child’s leather jacket; and a full uniform, complete with pins, insignias and a cap stitched with the words “Road Kings” on it.
A group of felt pennants will also come up for bid and should fetch $1,500 to $2,000 each. Vintage Harley-Davidson and Indian one-quart oil cans should hammer for around $200 to $700 per can, while 30 to 40 other lots of oil cans and accessories will also cross the auction block.
Petroliana signs include a group of Signal Gasoline single-sided porcelain pump plate signs, all about 12 inches in diameter and all expected to bring $1,200 to $2,000 each.
For more information about Matthews Auctions LLC, and the upcoming Aug. 28 auction in Iowa, visit www.matthewsauctions.com or call 877-968-8880.