Huge single-owner collection at Showtime, April 11-13

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An outstanding single-owner collection of advertising, country store and Old West antiques and collectibles will be sold the weekend of April 11-13 by Showtime Auction Services. The sale will comprise the living estate of George Cross, a dedicated collector from Orange, Calif. Bad Accident bank AT 3-26.jpgThe auction will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“Bad Accident” mechanical bank, a wonderful piece of Black Americana (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Mr. Cross has a personal history as colorful and interesting as his collections. In 1975, he started the Pomona Swap Meet and Car Show in Pomona, Calif., the West Coast equivalent of the Hershey Car Show in Pennsylvania and the Iola Old Car Show in Iola, Wis. – only Cross’s show was (and is) held eight times a year, vs. just once a year for Hershey and Iola. The Pomona event is the second largest cars and parts show in the country.Cast iron lighter AT 3-26.jpg

Cast-iron cigar lighter in the shape of a steer, for Y.B. (Young Brothers) cigars (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Although the auction will feature much in the way of advertising and country store collectibles, the main focus will be on Western memorabilia, Mr. Cross’s first passion. The sale will also include hundreds of items in an array of other categories, including petroliana; coin-op; gambling; coffee grinders; Coca-Cola; occupational mugs; bronzes; banks; straight razors; barber shop items; and more.Huylers vendor AT 3-26.jpg

Huyler’s chocolates and St. Nicholas pepsin gum coin-op porcelain vendor (est. $15,000-$20,000).

The firm’s next big sale will be Sept. 12-14, when the Sandy Rosnick Collection, as well as other selected items, will be sold, also at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Featured will be tobacciana, country store, soda fountain, general store, saloon, gambling, arcade, coin-op, advertising, toys, banks, and more.

For more information, call 951-453-2415, or go online to wagon AT 3-26.jpg

Child’s pioneer farm wagon with original paint and sleigh runners for snow (est. $5,000-$10,000).