Quench your thirst for collectibles with this distinctive lot of (5) beverage advertising display pieces. Present are: (3) Coca-Cola items: 1) c.1951 18” diameter round metal clock with 1886 “Drink Coca-Cola” slogan in excellent condition, hands and power cord attached, does not run; 2) 16” diameter round metal sign with 1957 slogan “Sign of Good Taste” in excellent condition; 3) Walter Johnson endorsed ad framed to 12-3/4 x 16-1/2”; c.1950s Blatz “beermen” baseball players metal display and Antique Bourbon bar display. More on our website.
The 18” diameter Coca-Cola clock shows only light wear in the form of scratches/scuffs and minor paint loss and several bends on the hour hand. The mechanism cover on the reverse is labeled “General Electric, Telechron”, the screws and connecting metal plate show light oxidation and appear to be original. There are eight manufactured slots spaced along the perimeter with the power cord running through the slot at the 12 o’clock position. The slogan “Drink Coca-Cola” was the original slogan first used by Coke in 1886.
The 16” diameter round metal Coca-Cola sign has a depth of approximately 1” and is exceptionally bold and glossy with minor chips/scratches on the perimeter. There are four manufactured slots on the perimeter at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. The reverse is unblemished and has a sticker affixed which is printed with “Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia” and has a handwritten number “526” written on the sticker which is presumably an auction lot number. The Schmidt museum was located in Kentucky. Research shows that the obverse slogan “Sign of Good taste” was used by Coca-Cola in 1957.
The visible portion of the Walter Johnson ad measures 6 x 9-1/2” and is from a c.1910s issue of “Baseball Magazine”. The bottom of the ad states “Please mention Baseball Magazine when writing advertisers”. This ad is in excellent condition, the black frame show moderate wear including chips on the corners.
The Blatz beer cast metal display measures approximately 16x18x9 and features a beer can base-runner, a beer bottle catcher and beer barrel umpire signaling safe at home. This piece is complete with (2) cardboard pennants on wood poles which read as “draft-brewed Blatz” and “Now at Local Prices”. The “beermen” show only light wear, however about one-third of the base is cracked in three places with a 1x2 section absent and the umpire’s left foot is pushed through. The Blatz pennant has one light surface crease and the “prices” pennant has three vertical creases. Despite the described conditions this piece maintains a pleasing appearance suitable for display and it’s highly probable the base can be restored.
The Antique Bourbon display is ceramic and measures 8x11x5. It is dated on the back of the base as “1963 Frankfort Distillers Company, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.”. In general this piece is very attractive with handsome gloss and light wear including moderate yellowing on the player’s pants.
Frames included with lots: while we make every effort to protect the frames included in these lots during pre-auction storage and post-auction shipping, we are not responsible for any damage to the frames themselves, and no refunds will be given due to frame damage.