Liska Auction sells unusual collection in Oregon

Liska Auction recently sold a collection of unusual antiques and collectibles, many of which will be put on display in a small museum-like setting in the Little Butte Creek Mill. The mill still uses the power of a water wheel to grind wheat and grains into various flours. It’s become a popular tourist destination near Eagle Point, Ore., auctioneer Wayne Liska said.

The auction was strong all around, although prices for more than 100 pieces of flow blue porcelain were soft. More than 300 people registered for the two-day auction. A Boss Cow doorstop sold for $600 and a large 1898 Enterprise coffee mill brought $850. A few unusual retail and spool cabinets sold well, including a large octagonal store cabinet which brought $1,400. An oak spool cabinet sold for $1,150 and a store variety cabinet with a large glass door sold for $900. A lot of three Sleepy Eye Pottery pitchers sold for $285. A hand-carved rocking glider horse, circa 1880, sold for $2,000. The horse retained its original paint in good condition and measures 35 inches high by 42 inches long. A hand-painted hurricane lamp, aka a Gone With the Wind lamp, sold for $325.

Liska also sold a few advertising items, including a Grant’s Pass (Ore.) Hardware store sign and a Tennent metal shoe sign, both of which sold for $350 each. A large and unusual chuck wagon box, made of pressed metal that had been painted black with bin lids stenciled with “sugar,” “flour,” “bread,” “cake” and “meal” sold for $650.

For more information on upcoming sales, visit Liska’s Web site at, or call (800) 866-8567.