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Route 32 Auctions’ Country Store & More auction, May 20-21, will be online and in Crawfordsville,…

Single sided self-framed pewter sign for the Music Master Washington Liquor Company in Spokane, Washington, rated 9.25, a stunning example of early West Coast advertising.
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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Route 32 Auctions’ upcoming Country Store & More auction on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, will feature approximately 500 lots each day of gasoline and oil, soda, vendor curio samples, merchandise and more – an eclectic mix of country store collectibles, online and live at the Crawfordsville Gallery located at 3097 East State Rd. 32.

Doors will open both days at 9 a.m. EST, and the auction will begin at 10 a.m. Day 1 lots range from a very rare repainted Sunny Boy Gumball 1 Cent Vending Machine manufactured by Field Mfg. Co, in working order and with a key, 17 inches high; to a single-sided self-framed tin sign for the Music Master Washington Liquor Company in Spokane, Washington, rated 9.25, a stunning example of early West Coast advertisements and measuring 24 ¼ inches by 20 ½ inches.

Other signs will feature a William M. Fifer Jeweler sign that appears to be zinc and displays well, looking great, with a 24 inch by 17 ½ inch chain, rated 7.5; and a one-sided porcelain sign for Fisher Dairy Milk & Cream, highly rated at 8.75, reading “Burdick Enamel Sign Co.” and measuring 28 inches in diameter.

An antique Uncle Sambo cigar shop style figurine made of wood and showing some wear and fading throughout, but still displaying exceptionally well, stands 75 inches tall; while a Hoyt’s Life Picture automaton of a black farmer, in good condition and rated 8.25, with key, has a well-functioning clock mechanism and measures 27 inches high by 22 inches wide.

A rare Crystal Case Company revolving display case, in above average overall condition and featuring a very old finish, is marked “Brunswick Balke Collender Co., Chicago”, 64 ½ inches high by 25 ½ inches wide. Also, an old Dr. Daniels single sided tin entry sign in the front door, with very good graphics and colors, oak, rated 8.5 on the sign, 28 inches by 21 inches.

Antique wooden pig carousel, unmarked and unpainted so all the seams and cracks can be seen, with a hollow body, 49 inches by 66 inches at the base, rated 6.5.
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A rarely seen Armor’s Quality Products Framed Cardboard Display with a triple that has been separated and framed, has beautiful, highly detailed graphics, rated 8.5, measures 22 inches by 76 inches; while a seller’s example of a horse-drawn rotary hoe of wood and metal construction, features a great early look despite some minor wood damage, rated 7.75, 10 inches tall, 26 ½ inches wide.

On Day 2, where the merchandise lineup will be just as wide, ranging from a Ford concept (or development) suspension model, with box postage addressed to Henry Ford, 4 ¼ inches by 15 1/5 inches, rated 8.5; to an old wooden pig carousel, unmarked and unpainted so that all the seams and cracks can be seen, with a hollow body 49 inches by 66 inches at the base and rated 6.5.

Signs will feature a single-sided Providence Washington Insurance Company tin sign in a wood frame, labeled “American Art Works” and measuring 26 ½ inches by 20 ½ inches, rated 8.25; and a papier mache cigar hanging sign, hand painted and showing very good color, with just light wear throughout, appears to be old paint and measures 9 inches by 41 inches.

A horizontal single cylinder steam engine model crafted from metal and wood construction and highly detailed, with an eye-catching industrial look, is rated 8.75-9, 11 inches by 14 inches. Also, a tower clock mechanism, German built with heavy metal construction, has a sub clock with good dial and hands, three barrels and two flywheels, running, rated 8.75-9.

Uncle Sambo cigar shop old style figurine made of wood and showing some wear and discoloration throughout but still displaying exceptionally well, standing 75 inches tall.
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An early seller sample of an S&L Johnson harvester in a wooden crate, complete with key, has a great original look and is marked “S&L Johnson Patent Dec. 8, 1853”, rated 8+ , 19 ½ inches by 11 inches. Also, an early gaming wheel from HC Evans & Co. (Chicago), very heavy, shows images of dice on the wheel and measures a hefty 91 inches by 60 ½ inches, rated at 7.75.

A unique patented horseshoe model, mounted on a wooden horse hoof, shows some wear and comes with patent documents for another shoe and is tiny at just 4 inches tall, rated 8.25; while a Patent Model Horse Coach Carriage with wood and metal construction, has a great original look (although the weaving in the seat is gone), and measures 7 inches by 28 inches, rated 8.25 .

The auction catalog is currently available online, at as well as on popular auction platforms and Telephone and correspondence offers will also be taken. The preferred hotel is the Best Western Plus in Crawfordsville. Reservations can be made by calling (765) 307-3999 and quoting Route 32 Auctions. Crawfordsville is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

The buyer’s premiums for this auction will be 18% for on-site, absentee and telephone bidders, and 23% for online bidders. An additional 3% fee will be charged for all credit card transactions. Shipping services will be available at buyer’s expense. There will be a concession stand.

Route 32 Auctions specializes in petroliana, automobilia, china advertising and general store memorabilia. The auction company is always on the lookout for quality submissions for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single item or an entire collection, you can call them at (765) 307-7119; or, you can email [email protected] For more information, visit

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