May - June 2006
Volume 4

Welcome to another edition of ww2homefront.com's AUCTION WATCH. What a month it has been. The gavel has fallen and we were there to bring you the scoop on the latest buys and market trends.


AUCTION WATCH ITEM #1:
FINAL BID:
$38.77
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Aluminum hitler heel ashtray measures 3.25" x 2.75". Reads "Jam Your Cigarette Butts On This Heel". Excellent condition.

Analysis: This is the second one of these known to exist. This is one of three "heel" styles that are known to have been made. hitler was made in red chalkware and silver aluminum and the jap version was made in orange chalkware. Ashtrays were a very popular WWII anti-axis motif. Of course smoking was also much more prevalent. This fabulous ashtray has anti-axis keystone, tobacciana cross collectibility and values out at about 225.00. It is very very uncommon.

Conclusion: A slick purchase by a seasoned collector way under value. Nice going Jimmy!!



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #2
FINAL BID:
$123.50
ITEM DESCRIPTION:AWVS "Victory Girls In Uniform" paper dolls. "Edith and Ning". Measure 4" x 11". Excellent condition.

Analysis: This is one area of home front collecting that has a cult following. I have almost never seen any WWII paper dolls sell for under 100.00. There are a whole slug of different ones. In this series they are given names. Each one represents a different occupation. They are wonderfully colored and are indeed very sought after. Heavy doll cross collectibility with Dame4Defense keystone. Values out at 125.00 or so.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value of this super collectible.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #3:
FINAL BID:
$77.01
ITEM DESCRIPTION: A near mint Victory Premium Beer bottle empty but with cap.

ANALYSIS: Uncommon item almost never seen with the cap. Also made in a larger one quart bottle. VFV keystone. Breweriana cross collectible. Values out at 50.00 with cap in this wonderful condition.


CONCLUSION: Slightly overbid on this uncommon item.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #4:
FINAL BID:
$210.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Twin Winton ceramic hitler skunk. Matching skunk to last month's tojo rat and musso pig that were posted in Auction Watch. Minimal crazing. Measures 3.5" tall. Marked D-141 Winton on base.

ANALYSIS: What a stroke of luck for the missing skunk to come up for auction just a month after musso and tojo. This hitler skunk has a color white that does not match the other two. We are not sure if it was produced this way or whether time has altered the glaze. In either event this is the missing hitler and we believe these are the only photographs of the set on the entire internet. In fact these are the only set known to exist although there must be another somewhere. All 3 were absent from the Fleck Collection. Rare 3-D antiaxis piece/keystone. Winton cross collectible. Excellent condition. A gem. Values out at 250.00-275.00 with the entire set at 750.00.

CONCLUSION: Good value of a rare anti-axis piece.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #5:
FINAL BID:
$66.50
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Carnival chalkware bookend. Soldier saluting in giant V. Mild scuffs. 6.5" tall x 5" wide.

ANALYSIS: A seldom seen carnival chalkware piece with VFV keystone and carnival cross collectibility. Very desirable. Books at 125.00.

CONCLUSION: A very nice purchase of a lovely home front item.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #6:
FINAL BID:
$150.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Rattan purse made by Laszlo's of Hawaii. Measures 8.5" x 14.5". Wooden letters spell "Remember PH". Label reads "Laszlo's Hawaiian Supply".

ANALYSIS:This is one of the marquis RPH collectibles. Very few known to exist. This is from the Herwer collection. Tom Herwer was one of the contributors to my book "Remember Pearl Harbor Collectibles". Great display item. Colorful. Whimsical but serious. Sought after. Books right at 150.00.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #7:
FINAL BID:
$450.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: RPH cigarette case measures 3.75" x 2.75". Celluloid material. Moored Battleship. 3 planes overhead. No distinguishing marks.

ANALYSIS: A very handsome RPH cigarette case. From the Herwer collection. Books at 250.00. RPH keystone. Tobacciana cross collectible.

CONCLUSION: Overbid double the value.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #8:
FINAL BID:
$99.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: RPH beanie. Felt. 6 panel. One panel says RPH. Others assorted slogans. Colors vary from beanie to beanie. RPH on the pink panel here. Size small.

ANALYSIS: One of the RPH marquis items. Few known. I have seen about 5. Value is dependent on how solid the writing is on the felt. The ink fades badly on some. This item is sort of what you would expect one of the comic ARCHIES to be wearing. Very nice displayable RPH item. Sought after. Books at 150.00 in perfect shape. This specimen about 100.00.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #9:
FINAL BID: $272.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION:
Poster by Flagg. "Jap. You're Next". "We'll Finish The Job". 14" x 20". Excellent condition.

ANALYSIS: This is one of the more powerful anti-japanese, anti-axis posters to come out of the war. Painted by the legendary Flagg, this potent image of Uncle Sam rolling up his sleeves left no uncertainty as to its message. Very sought after. HTF in this excellent condition. Uncommon but not rare. Books at 300.00. If it were larger like 20x28 I'd put it closer to 450.00.

CONCLUSION: Bid just below value. A smart buy.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #10:
FINAL BID:
$15.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: RPH pocketknife. 2 blade. 3.25" long. AMCO, Nashville, USA. Blue "Remember Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941". Minimal surface rust.

ANALYSIS: Nice RPH collectible. Not scarce. RPH keystone. Knife cross collectible. Books at 50.00 excellent, 35.00 in said condition.

CONCLUSION: A really nice buy at 15 bucks...




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #11:
FINAL BID:
$28.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: RPH compact/vanity case. USS Idaho at sea. Great graphics. Measures 3" x 3".

ANALYSIS: Uncommon compact. Lovely RPH sweetheart item. RPH keystone. Sweetheart keystone. Vanity cross collectible. Desirable. Books at 100.00.

CONCLUSION: Went Reserve Not Met at 28.00. Go figure...



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #12:
FINAL BID:
$129.50 USD
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Canadian Bomb Bank. "Save For Victory". 6.5" tall. Embossed coin slot. Hard composition material.

ANALYSIS: A really nice bomb bank from Canada. Fairly plain but quite uncommon. Bank cross collectible and an aggressive bidding group. Desirable. Values out at 175.00.

CONCLUSION: A very nice bid and smart buy by the guru of WWII banks. Great going Guy !!!




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #13:
FINAL BID:
$237.83
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Moran bubble bank. "Save For The Day He Returns". Soldier, sailor, pilot in V saluting. Money meter on back. Label on bottom.

ANALYSIS: This is considered one of the classic home front items. They are not scarce but are very sought after in good condition and always bring over 200.00. Has VFV keystone, bank cross collectibility. Look for one with all lettering in good shape, no chips and a perfect label underneath. Books at 250.00 in excellent condition.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #14:
FINAL BID:
$66.02
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Pressed wood "Buy US War Bonds" display. 5" x 6.25". Has rear stand and 2 cloth ties.

ANALYSIS: A variant of a common home front item theme. This item identified the store as a vendor of war bonds. On the small side. Nice colors. Very displayable. Books at 75.00.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #15:
FINAL BID:
$761.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: RPH Fluorescent V display. Red and blue colored wraps to bulbs intact and in excellent shape. Overall amazing condition. Working. RPH Flag Decal intact and nice. Label on back from vendor. 14" x 18".

ANALYSIS: The nicest of these ever to come up. From the Herwer collection. Uncommon but not scarce. But never ever seen in this fine of a condition. RPH keystone, VFV keystone. Lamp/light cross collectible. A true RPH marquis item in this shape. Books at 750.00 in this condition. Subtract 50% or more for any others in lesser condition. The extraordinary condition of this light virtually doubles its value.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #16:
FINAL BID:
$761.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Vough's Deli sign. RPH. VFV. Was found in the 1990's in New York facing the wall. When turned around it revealed the RPH/VFV design. Measures 19" x 26". Wood. Painted.

ANALYSIS: One off sign. Ideal size. Reasonable condition. Some provenance. VFV and RPH keystones. Featured in "Remember Pearl Harbor Collectibles" book. From the Herwer collection. Books at 500.00.

CONCLUSION: Wisely overbid by 25%.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #17:
FINAL BID:
$76.05
ITEM DESCRIPTION: RPH chalkware cannon with sailor and flag hole. 11" x 12". RPH on barrel. Some damage, scuffing.

ANALYSIS: This is the tough one of the RPH cannons to find. The one without the sailor is more common. These are surprisingly large for chalkware pieces and hence are quite desirable. In pristine condition these are every bit of 250.00 but this one is dinged. About 125.00-145.00 for this specimen

CONCLUSION: Nicely bid well below value.






AUCTION WATCH ITEM #18:
FINAL BID:
$26.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Pristine English teapot. Marked For England & Democracy" on top. Measures 7 3/8 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/8. Bottom numbered #4170 and marked, " World War II. Made In England. Escorted To The USA by Royal Navy".

ANALYSIS: A fabulous teapot that was made in England and sold to the US consumer to help pay for materiel. Escorted by Royal Navy so as not to fall prey to German U- Boats. A really neat find. First seen. Books at 150.00.

CONCLUSION: Stolen at 26 bucks.

   



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #19:
FINAL BID:
$56.55
ITEM DESCRIPTION: 1941 sheet music, "It's V V V For Victory". Words by Elsie Hansen. Good condition. Large V's with Bulldog, Churchill, Roosevelt on covers.

ANALYSIS: Very attractive sheet music with big VFV keystone, Churchill keystone, Roosevelt keystone. Sheet music cross collectible. Seldom seen. Books at 40.00.

CONCLUSION: Overbid by 20%.

   




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #20:
FINAL BID:
$26.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Vintage roller skates in wooden case. Painted on skates is V with Morse code. Case does not have home front markings.

ANALYSIS: Roller skating was promoted during the war as a way to keep fit, blow off stress and recreate. VFV themes on cases and skates were not uncommon. This is a one off collectable in which the skater painted V ...- on their skates. VFV keystone. Roller skate cross collectible. Displays well. Unfortunately the case has no VFV or other homefront decals or markings hurts value a bit. Values out at 125.00 as is.

CONCLUSION: Solid buy well below value.

   



AUCTION WATCH SUMMARY:

DEAL OF THE MONTH: The hitler heel ashtray at 38 bucks. Nice going Jimmy!!

PROZAC MOMENT OF THE MONTH: The 450.00 RPH cigarette case.

NEW WAREHOUSE FINDS: None noted.

POWER PLAY OF THE MONTH: Near clean sweep of the Herwer collection.

Collectors Liquidating: Tom Herwer (RPH). Walter Burns (Homefront toys etc.).

AUCTION LANDSCAPE STATUS: Sellers market. Lots of disposable income out there being spent despite insane gas prices and cost of living increases. Won't last. Bad time to buy. Prices I believe will level out and competition will thin out as disposable income gets sucked up. A very active month however with lots of marquis items appearing and abundant other jewels. Nonetheless deals to be had. Be smart. Choose your battles. The Home Front category is of late, the worst place to search. Watch out for the lions in those auction bushes. And remember, hyenas do just as well....

Till then, thanks for coming to ww2homefront.com's Auction Watch. We'll see ya next time....


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