Donley Auctions in Illinois is hosting a sale in November that will feature a number of one-of-a-kind items. Among the antique treasures will be carousels and an 1880 soda fountain.
Interested parties will be able to have a preview of the items the day before the auction and again during the event.
There will be 300 items at the auction, including arcade equipment, music boxes and antique phonographs. Among those pieces creating most interest is the Kiddieland carousel, which was made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The company was the largest manufacturer of roller coasters and carousels worldwide and the ‘PTC 72’ is the last carousel that it ever made.
A Harley-Davidson motorbike from 1917 will also be auctioned, along with a 1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible, one of 30 made. Antique pedal cars which have been restored will be included in the auction, as well as leaded windows.
Although the carousel won’t be presented at the auction site, the 48 horses – which are all hand carved – will be taken to the site for the public to view. The company logo has been carved into the structure of 16 of the horses.
While auctions are popular for one-of-a-kind items like this, viewing prior to purchase is usually limited – which can be a problem for those buying antique furniture. To get a feel for an item, it is preferable to spend time around the furniture. Consider one of the reputable dealers in Cumbria, where antique chests and other pieces can be found.
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