Coming Attractions


| September 1998



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2 1/2 hp Mietz & Weise engine

Lonnie Nixon

A one-of-a-kind collection will be sold in a two-day auction Oct. 17-18 at Moscow Mills near St. Louis, Mo. Items featured are from the collection of the late Homer Clark, who, until his death early this year, was a prominent St. Louis-area property developer.

"He was an extremely intelligent man. Anything mechanical fascinated him," said his wife, Deborah. "But he was always kind of a pack rat. And he bought a lot of this stuff with the intent of learning to restore it."

Prime pieces include gas engines - an Atlantic sideshaft 1 hp, Buffalo marine engine, Foos Juniors (6 hp and 2 hp), Gardner 1 hp, Pierce inverted engine, two Sandwich engines (4 hp and 6 hp), and a Mietz & Weise 2 1/2 hp, completely restored. The latter will draw considerable attention, said auctioneer Lonnie Nixon. "You just don't find those anymore," he said.

Also top on the list: a John Deere MC, Oliver OC3, John Deere L, Cleveland Cletrac, Allis Chalmers G and Caterpillar 10, all restored; and a 1928 convertible Marmon roadster model 78 (a Marmon Wasp won the first Indy 500 in 1911) -"It's pretty rare," Nixon said.

Add in an eclectic mix of collectibles: railroad items, a brass collection (including a World War II telescope), calliope whistle, engine oilers, oil and gas pumps, a ship's wheel, a fan collection (including one with rubber blades), a salesman's sample-size steam engine; and an old-time post office/general store set-up.

Saturday's offering (beginning at 9 a.m.) includes the gas engines, tractors, vehicles, engine oilers, steam whistles, railroad items, brass items, tools and shop equipment. Sunday's line-up (also at 9 a.m.): All remaining items, including toys, oil memorabilia, scales, fans and miscellaneous items.