May 16, 2011 |
Western memorabilia is one of the most enduring and endearing categories of Americana collecting. On Saturday May 21st
at the Golden Fantasy, Silver Dreams Americana Auction
in Allentown, PA, bidders will compete for top drawer examples of Wild West collectibles. The auction event, conducted by The Renaissance Auction Group, Reading, PA, features a superb assembly of cap pistols, advertising premium rings, movie posters and ephemera relating to the golden era of the American West.
The Golden Fantasy, Silver Dreams Americana Auction
constitutes the premiere offering of a lifetime collection assembled by a dedicated collector of Americana, coins and precious metals. The cap pistol grouping, most of which are offered in mint, unfired condition, typifies the quality and rarity of the estate, which was assembled through fifty years of unflagging devotion to the “hunt”. Toy guns by Hubley, Nichols, Fanner, Mattel, Kilgore and Leslie Henry represent the pinnacle of cap pistol collecting.
Examples include two Roy Rogers double holster gun sets; a Lone Ranger gun and holster set mint in the box (MIB); Wyatt Earp double and single holster sets; the Hubley 100th
Anniversary Civil War two gun & holster set in the original box; a Leslie Henry Gene Autry holster & pistol set; a Nichols Spitfire Hip Gun, MIB; a Mattel Fanner 50 holster and gun with original box; the Nichols Stallion 45 with interchangeable grips, MIB; early Tom Mix wooden cut out pistols; a Davy Crockett Auto-Matic Picture Gun with original box; Hubley’s Colt 45 & Deputy Pistol and Badge, both mint in the box and a complete cowboy outfit including double holster and pistol set still attached to the original cardboard display backing. In all, over fifty cap pistols, all in mint or near mint condition will cross the block in the first hour and a half of the auction event.
Western ephemera is well represented in the catalog including Gene Autry and Hopalong Cassidy theater posters; a Kix Cereal Lone Ranger 6 Shooter Ring store poster; a Cheerios Lone Ranger Poster and Flashlight Pistol; two sets of Davy Crockett Trading Cards issued by Topps in the 1950s and two stuffed Rin Tin Tin toys. A large collection of advertising premium rings from the 1930s – 1950s includes sought after examples of Western hero worship. Many a cereal box top and more than a few nickels were mailed in during the middle decades of the Twentieth Century for the Sky King, Zorro, Paladin, Wyatt Earp, Lone Ranger and Straight Arrow rings that brought the Wild West to life for young cowboys and cowgirls everywhere. The Wrigley’s Chewing Gum Lone Wolf sterling ring, offered as Lot 69, was the first radio premium, released in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression.
In all, over seventy-five lots of Western memorabilia will be offered to collecting enthusiasts. Buckaroos and cowgirls from across the country and around the world will leave with at least a smile on their face when the last lot of Wild West collectibles crosses the block at the Golden Fantasy, Silver Dreams Americana Auction
on May 21st at the Holiday Inn Lehigh Valley Conference Center just west of Allentown, PA. For an hour or two the Old West will come back East, the bidders will face off and time will stand as still as the hands of a gunslinger just before the draw.