Coins, Trains & Real Estate

Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.  But we just haven’t sold any planes so I had to improvise!  Even though we haven’t sold any planes, we have still been having some great auctions and yes, they have included coins, trains and real estate!

In addition to the real estate in Troy on Saturday, June 22, the sale also included a nice selection of antiques and collectibles along with some very neat pieces of political memorabilia.  A political bag and pins – probably from a national convention – sold for $65 while six 1909 voting posters…”Instructions for The Guidance of Electors…sold for $12.50 each.  However, the political piece that grabbed the attention of several bidders was a “Vote for the Entire Democratic Ticket Now Roosevelt and Garver/Stark for Governor” advertising walking stick that sold for $230!  It was definitely a neat piece of political history!  Several antique toys were also auctioned including an early wooden spring horse that sold for $300 – the new owner came all the way from Lathrop, MO just for the spring horse!  Solid proof that good advertising works!

Sunday’s sale is where the trains and coins come into play.  Not only did we sell trains and train sets, we sold a nice collection of Dept. 56 village pieces and several showcases that the seller used to display his collection.  It’s amazing what a person can learn by working at all the auctions.  I learned that L.G.B. is a highly collectible train brand…an L.G.B. train engine sold for $425…but I also learned that railroad memorabilia is still a collector’s dream!  A large railroad train headlight sold for $600, a railroad hall tree with mirror sold for $375, a railroad hat box sold for $350 and the railroad luggage cart sold for $625.  Even items from the caboose were popular – $100 for a caboose steering wheel and $190 for a wooden stool used in the caboose!

We then moved on to the coin sale and what a coin sale it was!  We sold several Stone Mountain half dollars, large pennies from the mid-1800’s, and silver certificates.  But the highlights of the coin auctions continue to be Carson City Morgan dollars – ranging in price from $200 to $270 depending on the year and condition.  We even sold an 1875 Carson City Trade Dollar for $340! We ended the day by selling two 2-piece Silver Proof Dollar sets from 2012 for $190 and $170 each and then an 1881, 1886, 1900, 1904 and 1921 “O” Silver Dollar set for $195!

This past Friday and Saturday we set up for an amazing 2-day sale in St. Peters.  Friday drew a large crowd…we gave out over 220 numbers…and the buyers stuck with us for a great day of primitives, antiques and antique furniture, oil lamps, crocks and Longaberger baskets.  The seller had a nice collection of pedestal cake stands, Old Judge coffee jars, oil lamps, quilts and crocks along with a nice collection of glassware.  Some of the highlights included a Koenig Brothers Blacksmith & Wagon Makers advertisement tin match holder from Rhineland, MO for $150, a set of cast iron owl andirons (glass eyes) for $180, a 30-gallon copper apple butter kettle for $520 and a small burr or grist mill for $160.  Curtiss Candy Jars – for a store counter – sold for $65 each while a Buckeye Pottery chicken water sold for $140.  The talk of the sale on Friday, however, had to be the large cast iron turtle – some called it a match holder while others weren’t quite sure what it was – that sold for $575!

Saturday’s auction brought out several of our buyers from Friday along with approximately 150 new buyers – many of whom were interested in the sewing and quilting supplies!  There was approximately 2 ½ trailer loads of sewing & quilting patterns, material, fat quarters, rulers, mats, and cutters – almost anything needed to quilt.  And Saturday’s sale is proof that quilting is NOT a lost art!  But once we sold all the quilting supplies, we moved on to the real estate – a 6-room ranch home with a full walkout basement and 2-car garage.  This home, located on a nice corner lot with mature trees and in the Fort Zumwalt school district is sure to make the buyers a great home, it sold for $147,000.00!

Sunday, June 30th closed out the weekend with a great real estate sale!  Location, location, location was a huge factor in this 40-acre tract north of Troy at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. E.  Approximately 30 acres are tillable but this will also make a great piece of commercial ground at $6200 per acre!

So we hope that you’ve been able to join us this past month for our auctions.  If you are still in the market for real estate, or coins or any number of things you just can’t live without, be sure to check out all our upcoming sales at www.thornhillauction.com.  We’re going to take a couple of weeks off to support and enjoy the Lincoln County Fair but note that we will be back in full swing on Sunday, July 14th with not one but TWO sales!  Both contain real estate but the first one in O’Fallon will also include a small assortment of household items.  We’ll then move on to Foley, MO for a real estate auction Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

And then, mark your calendars for Saturday, July 20th!  We are headed to Palmyra, MO for an amazing sale for the Brown family!  Again, we’ll be offering the real estate but an incredible collection of antiques, collectibles, and glassware including Waterford Crystal, Lalique, Lladro’s and a nice selection of antique toys.  And guess what?  This sale also includes coins and currency!  Please note that we will be selling in two rings most of the day in Palmyra so bring a friend and come prepared to spend the day with us!

Enjoy the fair and we’ll see you soon!

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier

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