At my request Joe Levine kindly forwarded the text and images for three selected lots from his upcoming Presidential Coin and Antique Company exonumia Auction 82, to be held June 30, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For more information, contact Joe at JLEVINE968@aol.com.
31. 102. RARE J. T. JONES, SAN FRANCISCO COUNTERSTAMP. Brunk J-218; Kappen Unlisted as to date on undertype. (1270-1273.) CORNER MONTG & COMMERCIAL ST. around SAN/ J.T. JONES/ FRANCO logotype c/s on a very well worn Bolivian 2 sueldos coin of 1778(?) The c/s is bold.
J.(ames) T.(hompson) Jones was the proprietor of the famous Blue Wing Saloon, 138 Montgomery Street. This saloon was one of the most notorious of the Barbary Coast. Its notoriety stemmed in part from the assassination of US Marshall Wm. Richardson by a gambler named Charles Cora after a disagreement which began at the saloon. Cora was later hanged by vigilantes. (I)
486. 10TH NATIONAL AIR RACES ART DECO MEDAL, 1930. 63.6mm. Bronze. J.W. Hansen, Sc. (MACO). About Uncirculated. The obverse features the helmeted head of an aviator and the legend, THE OLYMPIAD OF THE AIR. The stylized reverse consists of two winged flyers; partial globe and dirigible in the background. The edge of the globe is inscribed; 1930 NATIONAL AIR RACES 19TH ANNIVERSARY.
A striking piece of art in a quintessential Art Deco motif! A "must-have" piece for both collectors of this art period and of aeronautics. An AU bronze example brought $552.00 in our 2007 Auction Seventy Seven, #567.
When I first saw this, I thought of it as the first Art Deco medal I didn't like. But it grew on me and I've changed my mind - I like it!
1360. GENERAL MOTORS FIGURAL ASHTRAY, CA 1930's. Copper Plated. Extremely Fine. 3 7/8" diameter, _" high. with a nicely detailed image in center showing the front of car heading towards viewer. An incused inscription below the car reads: GENERAL MOTORS. A tree and mountain accents are on the sides and clouds in background. The lip is inscribed: WHO SERVES PROGRESS SERVES AMERICA. A small bronze plaque on the reverse is inscribed DESIGNED AND PRODUCED/ BY/ TERNSTEDT DIV./ GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
This ashtray is also known chrome plated. One writer has called this an advertising piece for the 1937 Buick. Another has attributed it to the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. We don't know enough to say one way or the other. (F)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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