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Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art

Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art


Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art


Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art

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Original Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art

December 27, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

ORIG Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Done Covers For Heinlein Niven Pournelle McCaffrey etc.
Ending January 5, 2015 9:50PM

Up in this auction is an amazing piece, an original Stephen Hickman oil on canvas of a fierce Unicorn. Stephen Hickman is a Science Fiction and Fantasy Illustrator artist. The painting is monogrammed and dated 1980 in the lower right and measures approx. 30″ across. Truly a stunning piece by a master award winning listed artist.

We found the following information on his site stephenhickman (Great Site!):

ORIG Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Done Covers For Heinlein Niven Pournelle McCaffrey etc.

ORIG Stephen Hickman Oil/Canvas Unicorn Painting Science Fiction Fantasy Art Done Covers For Heinlein Niven Pournelle McCaffrey etc.

Stephen Hickman has been illustrating science fiction and fantasy for three decades. His work is inspired by the masters of fantasy and science fiction writing — J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Clark Ashton Smith.

His illustrations have been used as cover work for many contemporary writers: Stephen Brust, Hal Colbatch, Tom Cool, Gordon Dickson, David Drake, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Stirling among others.

Hickman’s work has earned him critical acclaim, including a World Science Fiction Convention’s Hugo Award and 5 Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

Since 1976 Hickman has illustrated over 400 covers for Ace, Baen, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkeley, Dell, Del Rey, Doubleday, Phage Press, Tor, Warren Publications and others.

In 1988 Hickman wrote The Lemurian Stone (Ace Books), which formed the basis for his Pharazar Mythos illustrations, The Lion Pavillion, is one example, and is also reproduced along with The Archers, in the 1994 edition of Spectrum.

In 1994 he was awarded a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention for the United States Postal Service’s Space Fantasy Commemorative Booklet of stamps, the first official recognition by the government of the SF genre.

In 1996, Hickman created the Cthulhu statuette inspired by an earlier cover illustration done for H.P. Lovecraft’s story The Call of Cthulhu (Baen Books). The statuette was produced and distributed by Bowen Designs. A second edition is now available, as well as a bust of H.P. Lovecraft himself.

Fabulous Line Up of Currier & Ives Hand Painted Lithographs

December 14, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

At a recent Estate Sale we came across a HUGE collection of Currier & Ives lithographs; an amazing attic find to say the least. We are offering up this veritable mountain of treasures in separate auction for you bidding pleasure. GOOD LUCK and HAPPY BIDDING!

Currier & Ives Lithograph Mama's Pet

Titled: Mama’s Pet
Publication Date: 1857-1872
Published by: Currier & Ives: 152 Nassau Street NY
Size: Medium folio 9 1/4 x 13 5/8″
Frame: Original period frame crafted with square nails and wavy glass with bubbles
Size with frame: 13 5/8 x 16 5/8″

Your inquiries are welcome!

For those not familiar with Currier & Ives or perhaps just curious about them, here is a little history from Wikipedia:

Currier and Ives was a successful American printmaking firm headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813–1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824–1895). Based in New York City from 1834–1907, the prolific firm produced prints from paintings by fine artists as black and white lithographs that were hand colored. Lithographic prints could be reproduced quickly and purchased inexpensively, and the firm called itself “the Grand Central Depot for Cheap and Popular Prints” and advertised its lithographs as “colored engravings for the people.”

The name Currier & Ives first appeared in 1857, when Currier invited James Merritt Ives (1824–95), the company’s bookkeeper and accountant, to become his partner. James Merritt Ives, who was born on March 5, 1824 in New York City, married Caroline Clark in 1852. She was the sister-in-law of Nathaniel’s brother, Charles Currier, and it was Charles who recommended James Ives to his brother. Nathaniel Currier soon noticed Ives’s dedication to his business and his artistic knowledge and insight into what the public wanted. The younger man quickly became the general manager of the firm, handling the financial side of the business by modernizing the bookkeeping, reorganizing inventory, and streamlining the print process. Ives also helped Currier interview potential artists and craftsmen. The younger man had a flair for gauging popular interests and aided in selecting the images the firm would publish and expanding the firm’s range to include political satire, and sentimental scenes such as sleigh rides in the country and steamboat races. In 1857, Currier made Ives a full partner.

Titled: My Little White Kitties  Publication Date: 1857-1872  Published by: Currier & Ives: 152 Nassau Street NY Size: Medium folio 13 3/4 x 9 1/4"

Titled: My Little White Kitties
Publication Date: 1857-1872
Published by: Currier & Ives: 152 Nassau Street NY
Size: Medium folio 13 3/4 x 9 1/4″

The firm Currier and Ives described itself as “Publishers of Cheap and Popular Prints”. At least 7,500 lithographs were published in the firm’s 72 years of operation. Artists produced two to three new images every week for 64 years (1834–1895), producing more than a million prints by hand-colored lithography. For the original drawings, Currier & Ives employed or used the work of many celebrated artists of the day including J.F. Butterworth, George Inness, Thomas Nast, C.H. Moore, and Eastman Johnson. The stars of the firm were Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, who specialized in sporting scenes; Louis Maurer, who executed genre scenes; George H. Durrie, who supplied winter scenes; and Fanny Palmer, who liked to do picturesque panoramas of the American landscape, and who was the first woman in the United States to make her living as a full-time artist. All lithographs were produced on lithographic limestone printing plates on which the drawing was done by hand. A stone often took over a week to prepare for printing. Each print was pulled by hand. Prints were hand-colored by a dozen or more women, often immigrants from Germany with an art background, who worked in assembly-line fashion, one color to a worker, and who were paid $6 for every 100 colored prints. The favored colors were clear and simple, and the drawing was bold and direct.

Old Hollywood Cab Calloway’s Personal Items Going Up for Auction

November 19, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Estate Auction Inc. will roll out the red carpet for Old Hollywood starting November 25, 2014. You can be part of the Cab Calloway legacy, and be part of his history. To be part of Cab Calloway’s legacy would be pretty great considering he was a spirited showman, extraordinary singer, talented actor and trendsetting fashion plate. A truly larger than life figure in American pop culture.

Cab Calloway's personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Cab Calloway’s personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

We ended up with a large cache of Cab Calloway’s personal items. Over 170 separate items. All were the personal property of Cab Calloway prior to his passing in 1994. Each will be accompanied by two COA’s, tracing their provenance back to Cab Calloway.

Over 45 plaques from every organization, group and business under the sun, including plaques from: The Blue Note in New York City; The Flo-Bert Award; The Kitani Foundation; Los Angeles County Public Library; The Filmmakers Series New School; Rheingold Award (Contributions to the Children of the City of New York); Cook County Department of Corrections; N.A.A.C.P. Boston Branch; National Shoes; United Air Lines; City of St. Louis; Long Beach City College Foundation; National Urban League Guild Award; Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; Baltimore Links; Tamarack Lodge; Society of Singers and Lamont “The Shadow” Patterson; Audelco; Provident Medical Center; City of Los Angeles; Nuffie and Cab Admirers; Rose Marie and Danny Thomas with St. Jude Hospital; Duke Ellington Memorial Award, Cotton Club Girls etc.

Over 30 Proclamations, Resolutions, and Certificates from Cities, States and Counties around the country including; City of Miami Beach; Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Signed by Michael Dukakis); San Antonio, TX; Brooklyn, NY; City of New York (Signed by Rudolph Giuliani); Baltimore City; Kansas City, MO; County of Los Angeles; Sonoma County, CA; Wilmington, DE; Washington DC (Signed by Marion Barry, Jr); City of Minneapolis; State of New York (Signed by John E Flynn); City of Dallas; Borough of Manhattan; City of New York (Signed by Ed Koch); Rochester, NY, Etc.

Cab Calloway's personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Cab Calloway’s personal items up for auction Novemeber 2014

Invitations to the White House (Lyndon Johnson), Personal Letter from Bill Clinton, Invitation to dine with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Invitation to Lyndon Johnson Dinner at the Hotel Plaza

Posters, Photos, Advertisements, Artwork (collages), Trophy, Newspaper articles and full paper, etc.

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue

August 25, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue yqz
18″ Tall TOTEM Canada/US Early 1900’s Shabby Chic ENDING Sep 01, 2014 18:38:01 PDT

Description composed by world renowned Asian expert & appraiser, Mr. Anthony Lee. His bio is below.

Canada/US – early 1900’s. Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian First Nations Carved Wood Slave Figure. Of carved wood and painted brown. Carved as

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue yqz

Northwest Coast Haida Native Tsimshian 1st Nations Carving Wood Slave Statue yqz

a male, possibly a slave or vanquished warrior figure, in a couching form with knees bent and hands clasped behind his back, the head pulled back with an animal figure emanating from the tied wrists and pulling at the figure’s topknot. Standing on a wood ring. Cracked, chipping and loss of pigment in areas (see photos). The shape and twisted form of this figure corresponds to the form of some massive house posts / piers found in west coast house interiors, here carved in a diminutive form possibly for trade purposes in the early 20th century around the same time as the popularization of miniature totem poles in argyllite. The very round eyes in deep wells, nose and wide mouth strongly suggest Haida sculpture, and likely Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) as the origin of this piece. It measures approx. 17 3/4″ tall x 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″.

For those not familiar with Anthony Lee here is his bio: Anthony M. Lee is an institutional, market and collection consultant specializing in the arts of China, Japan, Korea, Himalayan Kingdoms, South and Southeast Asia. Starting as a salesperson at age 14 in Chinese antiques in a family business, he went on to university studies in Asian arts, as well as receiving his licenses in tea ceremony, with further studies of ceramics and religious art over eight years in Japan. For several years he was an associate dealer with Sotheby’s online site and consultant with various auction houses and museums. Anthony has acted as consultant to over 20 museums, government agencies and trusts including the largest museums in Canada and the US, as well as major collectors, dealers, insurance and transportation companies worldwide.

He is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts in the world in Asian Art & Artifacts.

Anthony Lee started a website ages ago called Asianart. It is a place to post photos of your items and have experts identify them for you. (You can still post things there and folks will help you.) He no longer moderates it and identifies things for us as here on eBay as an old friend.

Antique 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25″ German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH

June 17, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique c 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25″ German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH yqz
Jointed Body ~ Shabby Chic Condition Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 19:00:01 PDT

In this auction we have a very pretty, estate fresh early 1900’s German bisque girls doll head on a paper-mache, ball jointed body. This lovely doll

Antique c 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25" German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH

Antique c 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25″ German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH

is decorated in an ecru silk dress with white lawn underwear, and a string of pearls around her neck. She is so sweet, still wearing her original leather shoes with tiny heels. Both ears are pierced and she has a pink bow is tied in her long blonde hair. On the back of her head is impressed: C.M. BERGMANN / SIMON & HALBIG / 10-1 / 2. She stands at approx. 25″ tall and we listed her in shabby chic condition for a few reasons. The silk dress is thin and has numerous holes and the white lawn underwear and petticoats need laundering. The shoes are missing the ribbons and one is missing the bow and the sole is split. This doll has been restrung at one time, probably when the eyes were reset. There are a few wig pulls to the color of the forehead, just below the opening of the crown, and a few remnants of old glue from the wig. We found no chips, cracks, breaks, touch-ups or repairs to the bisque head. The finish on the body also appears original, with no touch-ups or repairs, it has the original factory varnish. The blonde mohair wig is original, just in need of a serious combing. There is lovely coloration to the bisque, beautiful S & H Bergmann features. Fine quality, original owner attic doll in need of a little TLC. Good luck.

Great C.M. Bergmann and Simon & Halbig info from dollreference (GREAT Site!):

C. M. Bergmann Dolls 1888-1931 German

Charles M. Bergmann operated a doll company in Waltershausen, Thuringia, Germany, by 1909 he added a factory in Friedrichroda, Germany.

Bergmann dolls came in sizes from 13″ to 34″ tall, with composition ball jointed bodies and a bisque socket head or bisque shoulder head and kid body, supplied from other manufacturers; Armand Marseilles, ABG – Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, William Goble, Simon & Halbig and maybe others.

Bergmann also made papier mache dolls, kid leather bodied dolls, character baby dolls. Dolls were distributed in the United States by Louis Wolf & Co., who registered these trademarks for them.

Simon & Halbig Dolls 1839-1943 German

Simon & Halbig was founded in 1839, they began making dolls from 1869 in their two porcelain factories in Gräfenhain and Hildburghausen, near Thuringia, Germany. In 1920 S & H was bought by Kämmer & Reinhardt, who continued to produce dolls until 1932. Sometime after the factory became known as Keramischer Werk Gräfenhain. Simon & Halbig is known for their fine bisque doll heads and innovation in the doll industry, they also supplied doll heads to many other well known doll manufacturers.

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre

June 12, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre
Signed in Nasta’liq Script & Fragmentary 8 Sided Star (Jun 18, 2014 18:34:01 PDT)

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger  Kilij Knife Sabre

Turkey 19th C Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre

Turkey, late 1800’s early 1900’s. Yatagan Yataghan Turk Ottoman Sword Dagger Kilij Knife Sabre. The long single bladed knife form slightly curved inward toward the grip with traditional bone grip and wide flaring pommel bolsters hafted onto the copper sheath handle over the steel blade, there is a break to one side of the grip/handle. The collar of elongated chevron form with leaves and bead hammered in the copper over the blade base with cast raised designs in two registers closer to the grip. The back of the curving blade with a single groove and even width tapering in the final fifth of the length. The blade with silver inlaid inscription in Nasta’liq script and reverse with a fragmentary eight sided star in a roundel – armoury or maker’s mark (?). Hammered brass scabbard cover with old leather mounts, in a design of lozenges with repetition of the name of Allah, and roses alternating. the large bolster ends suggesting a Balkan origin for this sword. It measures aprpox. 32 1/4″ long in the sheath.

Description composed by world renowned Asian expert & appraiser, Mr. Anthony Lee.

Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES

May 28, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Lesney Matchbox With ORIGINAL BOXES
HUGE Collection~ Near Mint Boxes And Toys Auctions Ending June 2, 2014 18:00 PDT)

Hi Folks! We came across something real special for you during a recent acquisition. It is a HUGE collection of Lesney Matchbox cars, and these are

#50 "Tractor", and #51"Trailer"  Lesney Matchbox

#50 “Tractor”, and #51″Trailer” Lesney Matchbox

NOT the ones off the shelf today. These even come with their original boxes. The boxes as well as the vehicles are in near mint condition. If there are any major issues we will try our level best to point them out, but we are hard pressed to find them as they sit. We are offering this collection up in individual auctions so you can have a better chance of scoring the one you want (or perhaps NEED). If you like what you see please check out the rest we have. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

Here is the interesting history of Lesney Products from Wikipedia:

Lesney was founded in 1947 as an industrial die-casting company by Leslie Smith (March 6, 1918 – May 26, 2005) and Rodney Smith (August 26, 1917 – July 20, 2013). The two men were not related by blood; they had been school friends and served together in the Royal Navy during World War II. Shortly after they founded the company, Rodney Smith introduced to his partner a man named John “Jack” Odell, an engineer he had met in a previous job at D.C.M.T. (another die-casting company). Mr. Odell initially rented a space in the Lesney building to make his own die-casting products, but he joined the company as a partner in that same year.

Lesney originally started operations in a derelict pub in north London (The Rifleman), but later, as finances allowed, changed location several times before finally moving to a factory in Hackney which became synonymous with the company. In late 1947 they received a request for parts for a toy gun. As that proved to be a viable alternative to reducing their factory’s output during periods in which they received fewer or smaller industrial orders, they started to make die cast model toys in the next year. However, seeing no future for the company, Rodney Smith left the company in 1951.

1960s Lesney Matchbox ORIGINAL BOX England #66 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

1960s Lesney Matchbox ORIGINAL BOX England #66 Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Yet, seen in hindsight, the first model toy they produced in 1948 — a die-cast road roller based clearly on a Dinky model (the industry leader in die-cast toy cars at that time) — proved also to be the first of perhaps three major milestones on the path to their eventual destiny. It established transportation as a viable and interesting theme; other similar models followed, including a cowboy-influenced covered wagon and a soap-box racer. Of course, the company continued to produce non-toy items; of those marketed directly by Lesney, one of the more popular ones was a bread-bait press, well liked by British anglers at the time.

The next crucial milestone was the production of a replica of the Royal State Coach in 1953, the year of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Two versions were created, the first in a larger scale, followed by a smaller-scale model. It was this second model that sold over a million units, a massive success at the time. The profits from the sales provided valuable capital for further investments.

 #42 "Studebaker Station Wagon" Lesney Matchbox

#42 “Studebaker Station Wagon” Lesney Matchbox

The final and decisive stepping stone in the pre-Matchbox era was a toy which Mr. Odell designed for his daughter: Her school only allowed children to bring toys that could fit inside a matchbox, so Mr. Odell crafted a scaled-down version of the Lesney green and red road roller. Based on the aforementioned size restriction, the idea was born to sell the model in a replica matchbox — thus also yielding the name of the series which would propel Lesney to worldwide, mass-market success. The road roller ultimately became the first of the Matchbox 1-75 miniature range; a dump truck and a cement mixer completed the original three-model release.

In the early years of the series, Lesney used a partner company, “Moko” (itself also named after its founder, Moses Kohnstam), to market/distribute its toys. This distribution was documented on the boxes themselves, on which the text “A Moko Lesney product” appeared. However, by the end of the decade, Lesney was able to buy Moko, marketing its products under its own name from that point on. A period of great expansion, tremendous profit, and recognition followed: In 1966, Lesney received their first (of several) Queen’s Awards for Industry. By the mid-’60s, Matchbox was the largest brand of die-cast model vehicles in the world, and had diversified the line into multiple series. For further details on the history of the Matchbox series, see the article Matchbox (brand).

On July 11, 1982, after years of difficulties due to the economic climate in Britain at the time, Lesney went bankrupt and into receivership. Competing companies Mettoy (Corgi) and Meccano (Dinky) also suffered the same fate. The Matchbox brand as well as Lesney’s tooling were bought by and became a division of Universal Holdings/Universal Toys, where the company re-formed as “Matchbox International Ltd.” Tooling and production were moved to Macau. Jack Odell went on to form a new company, Lledo, where he produced models similar to early Matchbox Models of Yesteryear. Today, the Matchbox brand is owned by Mattel, creators of Hot Wheels.

Some of the tools and dies created in the Lesney era are still used in the Matchbox line as of 2007. To view all of the collection click on link


May 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS Pre-War Britain Soldiers #299 Org Box yqz
1905 English Registry Number 459993 GREAT SET!!!!!
Auction Ending (May 25, 2014 19:12:01 PDT)

What a find! In this auction we have a very nice original box of eight old metal Britains toy, U.S.A. Forces, WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS figures. The end of the box reads “U.S.A. CADETS No. 299. It has on the cover the English Registry Number 459993, which dates these to 1905 for design. Each figure measures approximately 2 3/8″ tall (to the tip of the hat, excluding the moveable arm with

rifle) and are marked on the underside of the bases: BRITAINS LTD / COPYRIGHT / MADE IN ENGLAND / PROPRIETORS. We find them in good condition with no cracks, breaks, or touch-ups or repairs. Due note that one soldier’s arm is loose on the socket and can come off, not damaged, the hole was cast slightly large. There is some age wear to the thick, shiny original factory paint on most of the rifles, some on the white trousers and some to three of the green bases. The box measures approximately 14 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 1 1/4″. They are fresh from the attic of a home on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Good luck.

Britains toy brand from wiki:

Britains is a toy company known for its diecast lead soldiers, but the company also diversified into other associated toys such as diecast zamac military trucks and agriculture vehicles.


The W. Britain brand name of toy and collectible soldiers is derived from a company founded by William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, who in 1893 invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill and Co. The style and scale of Britain’s figures became the industry standard for toy soldiers for many years.

In 1907 the family proprietorship, William Britain & Sons, incorporated as Britains, Ltd. The Britain family controlled the firm until 1984 when it was sold to a British conglomerate, Dobson Park Industries. They combined the operations with an existing line of toys and renamed the company Britains Petite, Ltd. During the first half of the 20th century, Britains expanded its range and market. By 1931 the firm employed 450 at its London factory. The catalogue had expanded to 435 sets and twenty million models a year were being produced.

In the early 1950s Britains was associated with W. Horton Toys and Games which made the diecast Lilliput ranges of small-scale rather generic cars and trucks and other vehicles. Later, Britains acquired Herald Miniatures, plastic figures designed by Roy Selwyn-Smith. The company was also known for its American Revolutionary War soldiers.

Also in early 1950s, one of the first Britains vehicles was a Bluebird land speed record car of famed driver Sir Malcolm Campbell. It had a removable body and the box showed a detailed cut-away illustration of the car.

First of Many MontBlanc Fountain Pens

April 17, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

MontBlanc Meisterstuck 149 LeGrande Fountain Pen 18k Gold Nib yqz

Original Box With Manual! Work Of Art!

In this auction we have a piece of writing history! This is the Meisterstück 149 LeGrande Fountain Pen from MontBlanc, arguably the ULTIMATE symbol for writing culture and the style icon for perfect timeless design. This is considered the world’s most celebrated writing instrument of all time. This piece features a black precious resin with gold-plated details. The tips bears the white star emblem and it is finished with a handcrafted gold nib. This has all evolved into a design icon for Mont Blanc. The gold-plated ring on the cap is marked with model number 149, this was the first Meisterstuck model produced in 1924. The gold and silver nib is marked with the number 750 and it is also marked with the number 4810 which is the height of the actual mountain Mont Blanc. The 4810 marking began in 1929 and became a characteristic of the company thereafter. This piece is intricate and beautiful right down to the scrollwork on the nib itself. We are including a little bit about the company below for anyone interested. This piece is in excellent vintage condition with only some light signs of wear. It, according to the original MontBlanc box that it is in, may have been part of a pen/pencil set. This is a piston fill pen with black threads that seems, as far as we can tell, to be functional. We are NOT pen experts however, and we do not have an ink well to really test it out. This measures approx. 8″ x 3″ x 1 1/2″. Good Luck!

Here is a bit about Mont Blanc:

Founded by the stationer Claus-Johannes Voss, the banker Alfred Nehemias and the engineer August Eberstein in 1906, the company began as the Simplo Filler Pen company producing up-market pens in the Schanzen district of Hamburg. Their first model was the Rouge et Noir in 1909 followed in 1910 by the pen that was later to give the company its new name, Montblanc. The Meisterstück name (English: “Masterpiece”, the name used for export) was used for the first time in 1924, for the top lines of fountain pens. Today, the Montblanc brand is on other goods besides pens, including watches, jewelry, fragrances, leather goods and eye wear.

The company was acquired by Dunhill in 1977, following which lower price pens were dropped and the brand was used on a wide range of luxury goods other than pens.

Today Montblanc forms part of the Richemont group. Its sister companies include luxury brands Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chloé, and Baume et Mercier. Montblanc is owned, through Richemont, by the South African Rupert Family.

Antique Original 1916 Cream Of Wheat Advertising

April 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.



Antique Original 1916 Cream Of Wheat Advertising Otto Schneider Rastus

An Icon Of Black Americana!

We ended up with a lot of 4 antique advertisements from the Cream of Wheat company. These were not only wonderful works of advertising art, but they also featured one of the most wildly and widely known icons of Black Americana “Rastus” the African-American Chef. If you like what you see, please stop by and check out the rest of our offerings. This is 3 of 4. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

In this auction we have a great piece of Advertising Memorabilia and Black Americana all rolled into one. This is an advertising menu from the folks over at Cream of Wheat from 1919. The original artist for this is a wonderfully listed artist by the name of Otto Schneider. This one features Rastus and a little girl. She is eating her breakfast over a sign that reads, “Raised on Cream of Wheat.” This piece is in ok shape with some wrinkles and crinkles collected over time. You can see the edge of the piece under the frame lip and where it was removed from a magazing. The piece is framed and glazed to approx. 12″ x 15″, and the original art measures approx. 10 1/4″ x 13 3/4″. Good Luck! Here is bit of a bio about Otto Schneider:

Painter, illustrator, and printmaker, Otto Schneider studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students League in New York, and Academie Julian in Paris.

Selected exhibitions include the Louisiana Purchase Expo, St. Louis World’s Fair, 1904; Panama Pacific Exhibition, 1915; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Here is a bit of history about Cream of Wheat:

Cream of Wheat is a brand of farina: a porridge-type breakfast food made from wheat semolina. It looks similar to grits, but is much smoother since it is made with ground wheat kernels instead of ground corn, so it does not have that gritty texture. It was first manufactured in the United States in 1893 by wheat millers in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The product made its debut at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Until January 2007, it was a Nabisco brand made by Kraft Foods. The brand and rights to market the cereal was acquired by B&G Foods.

In addition to its wheat-based products, the rice-based Cream of Rice is also produced as part of the product line, and is often a recommended early food for infants and toddlers and for people who can’t have wheat or gluten.

The original boxes of Cream of Wheat were handmade and lettered, and emblazoned with the image of an African-American chef produced by Emery Mapes. The character was named Rastus, and was developed by artist Edward V. Brewer. Rastus was included on all boxes and advertisements and continues to be used today with only very slight changes. A stereotypical African-American icon was fairly common for U.S. commercial brands at the time of the cereal’s creation; for other examples, see Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. It has long been thought that a chef named Frank L. White was the model for the chef shown on the Cream of Wheat box. White, who died in 1938 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie, Michigan, had claimed to be the model for the Cream of Wheat box. In June 2007, a headstone was erected for Mr. White. The headstone contains his name and an etching taken from the man depicted on the Cream of Wheat box.

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