Willmatt Hill Estate Sales
3824 Willmatt Hill
Minnetonka, MN 55305

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Alex and Teresa,

Thanks for the outstanding job on our parents estate sale. It was amazing how much interest you generated to get that number people to attend... We will highly recommend you.

Clair and Sue G.
St. Cloud, MN

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White Bear Lake Antique Discoveries

We really was surprised by the quality and a breath of this antique sale. This is a sample of what we found out there:

Butler 1895 Antique Secretary Desk

An 1895 era secretary desk with a bookcase top was often called a “Butler’s” desk, used by the head of a household staff for book keeping.
Solid walnut, hand carved detailing and panels are exquisite. This English hand made furniture has warm antique patina,

Vintage Cirera Moser Roy Blown Glass Enameled Cruet Spain Signed Cirera

Hand enameled blown glass cruet signed Cirera    .8 inches tall and in excellent condition. Bright and clear.  No damage,cracks flea bites,fading.  I have included some interesting info from the internet about Cirera and similair artistes

1.The signature, commonly referred to as “Cire”, is actually Cirera
2. There is no provable link between Moser and the Cirera/Royo signatures
3. An New York City importer (Ardalt) was selling similar glassware in the 1960’s but have since gone out of business
4. The Gordiola glassworks made Royo-signed items
5. Some Royo and Cirera pieces are similar in design and shape
6. No cruets (with the bird stoppers) have been found with the Royo signature – they are all signed Cirera
7. The quality of the decoration on the pieces varies significantly
8. Spanish antique dealers attribute the signature “Cirera” to a Catalan artist whose full name is Genis Cirera Cassanovas (b1890 in Badalona – d 1970 in Barcelona)
9. Pieces signed “Royo” have been found, which are dated after the death of Genis Cirera
10. Gordiola say that Royo is a Catalan artist
11. Work signed Cirera commands high prices in Spain
12. Both Royo and Cirera are linked to another Spanish glass artist, namely Angel Segura Sole
13. The Royo signature also appears on ceramics

We found Red Wing Vases M 1461

“The Rochester” Lamp

Edward Miller commenced business in Meriden, Connecticut in the 1840’s making and selling camphene and burning fluid burners. By the 1860’s, Edward Miller had become an effective manufacturer and marketer in the kerosene lamp business.

In 1845 Edward Miller took over the business of Horatio N. Howard which was then making screws, candle holders, candle stick springs, as well as lamps that burned whale oil and a variety of burning fluids. He faced a number of initial obstacles: poor facilities, lack of raw materials and primitive manufacturing methods. Miller overcame these challenges and eventually moved into better quarters, and introduced steam power into the plant which increased production. Disaster struck in 1857 when fire destroyed the shop, but it was quickly rebuilt and business continued to expand and prosper.

When oil was discovered in 1859, kerosene became a safe and affordable lamp fuel. Miller was quick to seize the initiative seeing the need for burners for the new fuel. In 1866, Miller formed a joint stock company and reorganized under the name of Edward Miller & Co (E M & Co). The manufacturing capacity was immediately increased and in 1868, Miller constructed a brass rolling mill to keep up with his company’s demand for brass and to ensure a more consistent quality of product than he could count on from his suppliers. It became a major division of the corporation.

Starting around 1884 through 1892, Edward Miller & Company manufactured the “ROCHESTER” line of lamps for The Rochester Lamp Company which explains their close similarity with his own ‘Miller’ lamps. Edward Miller produced, according to the catalogue, 2000 designs of kerosene lamps, and in every manner – table lamps, hanging store lamps, hanging library lamps, hall lamps, bracket lamps, night lamps, and more. After 1892 Miller lost the contract to manufacture the lamps for The Rochester Lamp Company, whose lamps were then branded “New Rochester” to distinguish them from the former.

Edward Miller then used his knowledge and experience and went into direct competition with the Rochester lamp.  Recognizing the benefits of the central drought lamp, Miller developed the range of central drought lamps that today are known simply by his name and developed the brand in so many styles that he accommodated all customers both in taste and price.

Edward Miller’s first lamp was branded ‘The Juno Lamp’ and has a wick raiser that closely resembles that of the Rochester.  Miller first posted patents for his own wick raising devise in June 1892 which he branded ‘The Miller Lamp’ and constantly improved on the design of both the wick raising device and burner.  It seems at the same time he modified his earlier Juno lamp, simplifying the raiser and enabling a universal wick carriage.  In 1895 he further improved ‘The Juno Lamp’ by incorporating a guide wheel.  This patent is by far the most common and was marketed under many brands including ‘The Empress Lamp’, ‘The Mill Lamp’, ‘The Non Explosive Lamp’, and ‘The Gaskill Lamp’ to name a few.  This patent was further refined around 1898 with ‘The New Juno Lamp’.  In 1900 Miller bought the brand name of ‘Meteor’ from the meriden Brass Company, which had ceased trading and using his 1892 patent re-modeled ‘The Meteor Lamp’ – the first and only time his 1892 patent was branded differently to ‘Miller’.  In 1902 he created ‘The New Vestal Lamp’, where he finally was able to control the circular wick with a wick winder of similar form to that of flat wick burners.  One last change was made to the burner and wick raising method around 1916 – 1920, but not the work of Edward himself as he died in 1909 aged of 82; the company however continued to produce its wares to his high standards and still exists today, although no longer has any resemblance, either in management or production to that of the company that produced kerosene oil lamps.

 

Never resting on his laurels Edward Miller was always improving his products. He strove for perfection and insisted upon the highest quality for all his products.  As the times changed, so did types of illumination. As gas became a viable fuel source for cooking, heating and illumination, the company entered into the manufacture of gas lighting fixtures and stoves. As the age of electricity beckoned, Miller followed the trend, or more appropriately, blazed new trails. He improved upon Edison’s carbon filament lamp by designing a tungsten filament lamp.

 

The Miller Company pioneered mercury vapour and fluorescent lighting systems in the late 1930’s as well.

Miller, at the height of production during the ‘golden age’ of kerosene lighting (1890 – 1900) manufactured for both his own range, and wholesale, selling his brass components to other companies, such as glass manufacturer’s or even production companies who would outsource all of their manufacturing.  Miller produced the full range of lamp items, single wick burners, duplex burners, collars etc, the list is endless.  Today many of these lamps are mis-identified as ‘Miller’ lamps.  Just because a lamp has a ‘Miller’ burner, or ‘Miller’ collar does NOT make it a ‘Miller’ lamp.  Only those lamps which bare his brands or name on the fount of the lamp are true ‘Miller’ lamps.

 

Kenmore – Ansonia Clock

pre-1930’s Antique wooden ANSONIA shelf clock.  This clock is a Kenmore eight-day movement, meaning that they only need to be rewound every eight days.  I have had this clock running all day and it seems to be running just  fine.  It strikes on the hour and every half hour.

The clock is in fair to good condition.  Parts of the glass decoration are smeared and the in side wooden area near the hinge has a piece of wood that has been split off.  The  clock also has some marring and shows wear.  Please see all pictures.

Cast Iron Toy Horse Drawn Fire Steamer

This vintage circa 1950-1970’s horse drawn fire engine steamer is 23 inches in length and 5 inch wheel base. There are three horses that move when pushed along. It also includes one cast iron man in a sitting position and one standing, The two hoses are plastic and screw into threaded holes at the base of the steamer. This is a reproduction of the original made back between 1900 and 1920. I picked this up about 12 years ago but it’s time for it to move on to a new home where it can be displayed for new eyes to enjoy. Great for a child’s room or a Fire Fighters collector. I hope my pictures do it justice.

Antique Brass John Chatillon & Sons Hanging Scale, Rare 500 Lb. Capacity

 

1879 Etching, signed by Henry Farrer

“Dutch Windmills ” Etching
Henry Farrer, Artist

This framed 1879 original etching, signed by Henry Farrer and titled Etching “On New York Bay”, is in excellent condition. It has been re-backed using the original matt, frame and glass. Title written on etching! H. Farrer, 1843 – 1903, was born in London. His older brother was one of the famous men who founded the Association of Advancement of Truth of Art. The Farrers are known for their delicate watercolors and etchings. Henry Farrer was a founding member of the American Society of Painters (1866) and the New York Etching Club (president in 1881.) He built his own etching press around 1868. He was a member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers in London and an Honorary of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers. He lived in Brooklyn from about 1887 until his death in 1903.

 

Antique Bradley & Hubbard Brass DOUBLE student lamp #3736

 

Bradley & Hubbard
Double Student Lamp
Circa 1880-1900 –

Brass double student lamp, burners marked “B/H DUPLEX” on thumb-wheels, extinguishers have original pulls, cased shades with green exterior and white interior (one has chips on top of rim), not electrified. (Height: 14.75-inches without shades; 21-inches high with shade; 23 5/8-inches tall with chimney; width: 27-inches.) Old patina; never before on market…from original family.

 

Robert Olson – Ballet on Ice

Release Year: 1990
Size (inches): 21.5 x 22
Form: limited edition print on paper
Edition Size: 375 numbered and hand signed by the artist
Artist Proofs

Union Butter Churns came in original and improved versions, and sold for about $4.75 in the 1896 Sears Catalog. Others were large horizontal wooden cylinders, or barrels. These can sell for anywhere from $150 to $200 (as of September 2009).

 1924 ACME EGG GRADING SCALE

~The Specialty MFG. Co.~10 inches x 2.75 inches

Lightweight metal scale for grading eggs.

Antique Farm Garden Seeder Wood Cast – Union

This is a great old seeder with excellent advertising.  It is in really great usable shape.  Measures approx 35 approx long.

A rare Victorian wall mount railroad dining car oil lamp, The Adams & Westlake Co. makers Chicago, solid brass, lift out tank, decorated wall bracket, glass bowl at bottom of down draft tube, stationary mounted milk glass shade

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