Art Deco Assorted Boxes A1092

Great group of five colorful boxes from the Art Deco era, late 20s, early 30s. All have hinges, bakelite.

Price on request.

Vintage Old Charlie Rum Liquor Tray A1090

“Call Old Charlie Rum” — if you can still handle that rotary phone! It’s not “Sorry, Wrong Number,” It’s “Where’s Charlie?” We sure can handle it, anything for a “full and fruity rum.” Tray is 13 x 13 x 1.

Price on request.

Mexican Copper and Silverplate Bird Ashtrays A1088

Beyond cute, I don’t even know if there’s a word to describe these wonderful items. Personal sized ashtrays, stamped Las Casuelas Palm Springs. 4h x 2w x 2d.

Price on request.

Las Casuelas in Palm Springs — Family owned & operated since February of 1958 when Maria and Florencio “Del” Delgado decided to share these classic recipes which until then, had only been passed down from generation to generation within the Delgado family.

Small and quaint, this timeless landmark continues to share authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine of our heritage and the deep rich flavors of Mazatlan

Heintz Sterling on Bronze Trophy c. 1918 A1087

Sterling on bronze Heintz loving cup/trophy. Partially engraved “Invitation Tournament 1918 Second 16 won by” there’s room to put a name there. Yours? One handle slightly loose.  9.5 x 10 x 6.5

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Swedish Gustavsberg Argenta A1086

Three pieces of vintage Gustavsberg Argenta. Porcelain with silver overlay. Exquisite! These three pieces include a small square piece, a round piece and an Asian-style dish. (2 x 2, 2 x 2.5, 2 x 4.25).

Price on request.

Vogue Tobacco Tin A1085

Vogue Tobacco Tin. 4.5 diameter x 4h. Canadian company from early 20th century.

Price on request.

Palladium-style “Lite for Service” Speakeasy Call Button A1084

Super relic from a genteel past. “Lite for Service” button would illuminate the little sign. Base doubles as an ashtray, essential for Bette or Betty. Chrome. Was electric, cord is missing. 6 x 6 x 9.

Price on request.

Fleetwood Transistor Six Globe Radio A1082

Fleetwood Transistor Six Globe Radio. Battery-operated We estimate late 50s, early 60s, made in Japan. Minor abrasion. Metal and plastic.

Price on request.

Bauer-style Lamp Base L598

Bauer-style table lamp, ringed and a Monterey-style jade green. Perfect condition. No shade. 12h x 9 diameter.

Price on request.

Art Deco Desk Clock A1081

Warren Telechron Co. vintage electric alarm clock. Made in USA, in Ashland, Massachusetts. Made of a bakelite type material, missing a couple of pieces of decoration.  8 x 6 x 4. Model M-1 B-2, from the 1920s.

Telechron is the name of a US company that manufactured electric clocks between 1912 and 1992. “Telechron” is derived from the Greek words tele, meaning “far off,” and chronos, “time,” thus referring to the transmission of time over long distances. Founded by Henry Ellis Warren, Telechron introduced the synchronous electric clock, which keeps time by the oscillations of the alternating current electricity that powers it from the electric power grid. Telechron had its heyday between 1925 and 1955, when it sold millions of electric clocks to American consumers.

Price on request.

Vintage Bulova Wall Clock A1079

Vintage Bulova wall clock, painted faux wood over metal, art deco era 1929. We will replace cord. 16″ square x 4 deep.

Price on request.

Atlantic Motor Oil and Aviation Sign AP571

Atlantic Motor Oil and Aviation Sign. Mounted on board. 24 x 14. “Refined from strictly Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil.”

Price on request.

For Sale Butte Land & Inv. Co. Sign AP570

For Sale Butte Land & Inv.Co. sign. Red, so you won’t miss it! 28w x 13h.


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The Butte Land and Investment Company was the successor to a real estate business started in the 1880s by Simeon V. Kemper to develop farm land he owned on the south edge of Butte, Montana. The company was incorporated June 13, 1895, with the objectives of buying, selling, leasing and improving real estate; platting, developing, and dealing in town sites and subdivisions; erecting, renting, and selling buildings; operating street railways, water works, electric plants and other auxiliary improvements needed for the company’s real estate; buying, selling, and leasing mines; loaning and borrowing money; buying and selling securities; and related activities.

The original trustees were S.V. Kemper, J. W. Kemper, and James A. Canty, E. Starrett Shields, S.V. Kemper’s brother-in-law, joined the firm as its secretary, a position he continued for many years. In 1909 Simeon V. Kemper’s oldest son, William Arthur Kemper, (known as Arthur) gradually began to take over the business. By 1916 he was president of the company with Simeon V. Kemper in semi-retirement as vice-president. The senior Kemper continued to be involved with the company until 1940.

Under Arthur Kemper’s management the company expanded its operations into investment and property management. After the Butte mines began to decline in the 1920s, the company’s business turned more and more towards managing property for owners who had left Butte. This involved arranging rentals, maintaining houses in repair, and seeking possible buyers. The company also became a mortgage broker, matching borrowers with private mortgage lenders.

The Butte Land and Investment Company had a number of subsidiaries, including the Montana Land and Securities Company (to handle their investment business); the South Park Mining and Realty Company (to develop the South Park Addition); the Daly Addition Company; the Washington-Butte Mining Company; and two mining companies at Contact, Nevada: the Brooklyn Mining Company and the Salmon River Mining Company.

Simeon Vandeventer Kemper was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on June 21, 1855, the youngest of four children of Thompson and Lucy Ann (Smiley) Kemper. In 1862 the family moved to Kansas, and then to Colorado. Eventually they arrived in Ravensburg, Montana Territory, in 1871. After several years of home tutoring by his older brother James W. Kemper, Simeon entered Helena High School and studied mathematics with the idea of becoming a surveyor. To augment the family’s farming income Simeon worked as a miner, carpenter, and sheep shearer. In 1877 he bought 40 acres of land on the outskirts of Butte and began a vegetable farm. However, smoke from the nearby smelters eventually made the farm unproductive. Kemper subdivided the land as the Kemper Addition and went into the real estate business, gradually building one of the foremost real estate development companies in Butte. With his partner W. V. Ladler, Kemper platted the Kemper and Ladler Addition.

Simeon V. Kemper and his wife Sallie B. Shields Kemper had five children: William Arthur (1881-1955), Mary B. (1883-1899), Sallie Virginia (1885- 1950), Helen E. (b. 1892), and Simeon V. Jr. (b. 1895). Sallie B. Kemper died in California in July 1933. S.V. Kemper died December 2, 1946. Simeon’s brothers James W. Kemper (1848-1939) and Edward W. Kemper (1850-1931) were also involved to varying degrees in the Butte Land and Investment Company, James serving as president for a period prior to Arthur’s taking over. They also had a 640 acre ranch just north of Dillon, which they operated until they left Montana in the late 1910s or early 1920s.

William Arthur Kemper was born in Butte in 1881. He studied civil and topographical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating in 1904. After graduation, he was appointed to a survey team of the United States Coastal and Geodetic Survey working in the Philippines. He spent the next three years there doing survey work and traveling to China. After his return to the United States he worked briefly in New York City and then was hired by the New York State Water Supply Commission to do survey work for the construction of the Sacandaga Reservoir north of Albany. In 1908 he married Constance Richardson, whom he had met while at MIT They moved to Butte where Arthur took over management of the Butte Land and Investment Company. They had two children Richardson Vandeventer “Dick” Kemper (b. 1912) and William Arthur “Billy” Kemper, Jr. (b. 1914). Arthur and Constance were divorced in 1922 and she moved with the two children back to Massachusetts. W.A. Kemper died in October of 1955.

Arthur’s sister Helen E. Kemper (b.1892) was a school teacher in Alhambra, California. She traveled extensively on vacations, including a trip to Europe in the summer of 1939 just before the outbreak of World War II. On her return from that trip her ocean liner was sunk by a German submarine, but she was among those rescued. After Arthur’s death in 1955 she took over management of the Butte Land and Investment Company with the help of her other brother Simeon V. Kemper, Jr. Simeon V. Kemper, Jr. (b.1895) served in the Navy in World War I and then was recalled to service during World War II. Between the wars he worked for a social service agency in Alhambra, California. He moved to Butte in the 1960s to help his sister manage the business of liquidating the Butte Land and Investment Company.

Schield Bantam sign AP569

Vintage metal sign, Schield Bantam, painted orange with a great patina. 26.5 x 7hi.

In construction, a Bantam is a truck-mounted shovel-crane built by the Schield Bantam Company in Waverly Iowa between 1942 and 1964. Vern Schield designed and built the original. Vern and his brother Wilbur built the first 9 Bantams in a barn at Vern’s quarry. Together, in less than 15 years, they built the Schield Bantam Company to be the world’s largest manufacturer of truck-mounted cranes.

Price on request.

Sharp & Dohme’s Medical Products Sign AP568

Sharp & Dohme’s Medical Products sign. Very clean, framed. 26w x 13h.


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Until the late 1920s, Sharp & Dohme had an extremely effective distribution network but very little in the way of research organization. After the company merged with H. K. Mulford & Co. in 1929, Sharp & Dohme acquired a biological laboratory, which it used to research and develop new vaccines and antitoxins. Between 1935 and 1952, Sharp & Dohme’s executives worked on developing the company’s research and development organization beyond biologicals, and pursued research on sulfonamides and new formulations of penicillin, and on the development of synthetic blood products. Despite the expansion of Sharp & Dohme’s research organization during the late 1930s and 1940s and the opening of its new research facilities in West Point, Pennsylvania, in 1952, the company lacked “an in-house level of scientific expertise” high enough to take full advantage of new developments in virology, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmaceutical science more generally.

For these reasons, the executives of both firms regarded the merger of Sharp & Dohme and Merck & Co. in May 1953 as mutually beneficial. While Merck acquired expanded marketing capacities, Sharp & Dohme merged with one of the most innovative research organizations in the industry. Although both of the companies recognized the value of – and indeed, need for – the merger, the consolidation of the two companies took several years to complete and was characterized by tense relations between Sharp & Dohme, located in West Point, Pennsylvania, and Merck & Co., located in Rahway, New Jersey.

Excerpt from Tobbell’s Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and its Consequences, (2012, pp. 28-29).

Vintage Utah Road Sign A1078

Vintage Utah State Route 21 Road Sign, from before the state used the familiar Mormon Beehive. 15w x 14h. True western flavor – it’s been shot at, bullet holes included.

SR-21 begins at the Nevada state line as a continuation of Nevada State Route 487 and heads southeast through Garrison. It continues southeast past Pruess Lake and continues throughMormon Gap and Halfway Summit. It turns east around Lime Point into Corral Canyon and over Wah Wah Summit. It then heads southeast between Grampian Hill and Squaw Peak into Squaw Gulch, where it turns northeast over Frisco Summit and east through the ghost town of Frisco. It then turns southeast and continues to Milford. SR-21 leaves Milford heading southeast across an agricultural area to Minersville. In Minersville, it turns east past Yellow Mountain, then turns northeast past Minersville Lake State Park. It continues through Adamsville, then turns east around Little Bald Hill through Greenville into Beaver. In Beaver, it crosses I-15 without an interchange, the continues to end at an intersection with Business Loop I-15 (SR-160). The highway dates from 1910. 

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Esplendido Brandy Art Deco Mirror 1930s AP567

An Art Deco Bellboy from the 1930s at your service. Spanish brandy “Esplendido” mirror. 13.5 x 19.5.

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Penny Candy Vending Dispenser A1077

AA Vending Service penny candy dispenser, bright red base, acorn decal/imprint. Comes with key. Measures 16h x 7 w x 7d.

Price on request.

General Electric Radio 1950s A1076

A near perfect-looking specimen of a General Electric radio from the 1950s. As red as red can be, all dials intact. Cord missing. 11 x 6 x 5.

Price on request.

Aircraft Control Panel A1075


We keep our eyes open for that oh so unusual item, and here is a prime example! Fly at your own risk — but what a great wall display this will be. Mostly it seems to our un-aviator eyes to be air conditioning and engine bleed controls. Today you can be the one flipping the switches for this phantom vintage plane. Model/manufacturer unknown. It’s 19 x 16 x 9.

Price on request.

Miller High Life “The Champagne of Bottle Beer” Clock Light A1074


“Miller High Life, The Champagne of Bottle Beer” – sure takes us back. Back to this great Eames-era, metal and lucite advertising clock – that also lights up. Some minor damage to the Miller logo – see all pix. It’s 20w x 9h x 4d. And it works.

Price on request.

“The Master” Penny Candy Vending Machine A1073

The Master penny candy machine. Porcelain enamel jade green finish, 1929. Has the key. 16h x 8w x 8d.

Price on request,