Auction Watch: Heinz, other collectibles will be on the block
A mid-season slowdown pares down local auction choices in the days ahead. For an online buzz, bidders can log onto the BHD Auctions website for an Internet-only sale. Meanwhile, Constantine & Pletcher provides a traditional in-house uncataloged auction in New Stanton.
Owner Brian Detch pours on a thick layer of Western Pennsylvania flavor with BHD Auction’s current online sale that runs through Nov. 6. After gathering a nice selection of smalls with a rustic appeal, Detch answered a last-minute call to take on an amazing and rarely seen collection of Heinz advertising materials from the late 1950s.
Stored in the back room of a Chattanooga, Tenn., grocery store for more than a half-century, the materials feature a “jet-age” theme and a top-hatted, monocle-wearing aristocratic “Tomato Man” mascot that extol the shopping values, convenience and overall tastiness of Heinz products.
According to the consignor, the materials were part of a 1957 ad campaign used in the Tennessee supermarket. When the campaign concluded, employees stashed the pennants, posters, stand-ups and other materials — many of which were never used — in a storeroom, where they remained practically forgotten until a few years ago.
Convinced that Heinz memorabilia wouldn’t suit the palates of Chattanooga collectors, the consignor packed everything in a truck and drove to the home of the Heinz company. Back in town after more than 50 years, the materials should find a welcome reception among buyers looking to catch up on their Heinz collections.
BHD’s sale also serves up a strong array of antiques and collectibles with a country flavor. A large selection of glass bottles includes locally made vessels from McKees Rocks and other nearby towns. Of special note are milk bottles and other items made exclusively for the Pennsylvania Railroad that featured the rail giant’s famous keystone logo.
Another collector specialized in amassing ginger-beer bottles in honor of his wife, who happened to be named Ginger. A nearly intact dental cabinet stands tall, with many drawers of various sizes. A large Hoosier cabinet sports a more modern look with a two-tone wood finish and streamlined stylings. For a folksy appeal, old-time wooden utensils, manual coffee grinders, metal baking molds, canning jars and storage tins are perfect for kitchen decorating.
What else will bidders find in this cornucopia of collectibles? Plenty, with a range that covers enough Christmas decorations to topple Santa’s sleigh, antique toys, paintings and prints, advertising materials both old and newer, radios and record players, furniture for nearly every room of the house and much more.
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Constantine & Pletcher
With plenty of overstock in storage, Constantine & Pletcher takes to the highway again for another uncataloged sale in New Stanton on Nov. 6. Up for grabs in this mixed bag of goods are stoneware, Depression glass, a dome-top trunk, Flow Blue, Roseville pottery, quilts, toys, slag glass lamps, sports souvenirs and military paraphernalia. Once again, the New Stanton Fire Hall, 108 S. Main St., New Stanton, hosts the sale. The preview starts at 5 p.m. with first bids at 6 p.m.
John Altdorfer is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.