|WATERLOO, Iowa — Where could you buy a flame thrower and a 1973 Dodge Charger? At a Rich Penn auction of course. More than a dozen categories will be filled to the brim with treasures during his Nov. 1-3 auction.
“There are categories in this auction that bring back a lot of great memories for me. I’m sure our buyers will have those same feelings,” said auctioneer Rich Penn.
The auction will start on Friday with 200 non-cataloged lots that are not included in the online auction portion of the sale. In the afternoon the catalog portion of the sale will begin with military items including the World War II flame thrower.
The Saturday session will feature 700 lots including several hundred toys; German windups, BO Robots, many with original boxes and early pressed steel and cast-iron toys. Fitting in with the cast iron are dozens of Salesman Sample stoves, still and mechanical banks. Several automatons will also sell.
Many country store pieces will be offered along with more drug store and soda fountain items, including a marble soda-fountain. Everyone knows drug store soda-fountains had Coca-Cola. And soda fountain collectors love Coca-Cola items. This will be the biggest offering of early, pre World War II, Coca-Cola items Penn has ever brought to market.
For the collector of advertising for “adult beverages,” there’s a very rare circa 1905 Anheuser Busch tin litho sign.
The Sunday session brings on a different tone. Petroliana is the Sunday strong suite. With more than a dozen gas pumps, a one owner 1973 Dodge Challenger SE 400 with just 54,000 miles, 100-plus signs and related pieces and more than 30 pedal cars and tractors. There is also a great selection of coin-operated machines, decorative pieces, including Handel lamps, artwork, Western items, diamond rings, clocks, watches and fabulous furniture.
Contact: (319) 291-6688,