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Welcome to John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Company.

22 3rd Street Southwest
Rochester, MN. 55902-3019
Phone 507-289-8049
Fax 507-289-8602

Our normal business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. If you're traveling a long distance, contact us ahead of time to make sure we'll be open. The shop might close a day here and there during auction season.


9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bldngs. 31 & 35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Rochester MN.

Two evening previews: 5:00-8:00 p.m. on both Thursday, June 19, and Friday, June 20, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day. We are pleased to offer at auction several estate properties & lifetime collections. We will sell from two rings for most of the day.

Click on the "Auction Galleries" link on the left menu to see photos! 

Bid live on the Internet via ProxiBid

(Native American baskets and art, oil paintings, motorcycles and vehicles, Hutschenreuther figurines, Hepplewhite liquor decanter set and 14K gold horseracing stopwatch will be offered live on the Internet starting at 1:00 p.m.; note that there is an additional 5% buyer's premium to bid via ProxiBid.)

 Phone and Absentee Bidding

 You may bid by phone or absentee. Please pre-register by calling 507-289-8049 no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 19.

Motorcycles: from the lifetime collection of Freeman H. Welch (1932-2012) of Chatfield & Stewartville, MN.: a 1938 Indian Chief 74 cubic inch restored motorcycle (which he purchased about 1950 & which was displayed for years in Buzz Kaplan's Heritage Halls aircraft museum in Owatonna, MN), showing 17872 miles -- note: a previous description erroneously stated 80 cubic inch (see video); 1953 R51/3 BMW w/ 3078 miles showing (see video); 1960 R-60 BMW w/ 35466 miles showing w/ attached Jawa or Volorex side car (see video); 1952 Cushman Highlander w/ a Tecumseh 10 or 11 hp gas engine (see video); Rupp motorcycle w/ Tecumseh H40 4 hp engine (see video); Vehicles:1966 Austin Healy restored Midget Sprite w/ 53246 miles showing (see video); 1962 Ford Thunderbird sedan original w/ 106458 miles showing (see video).

Firearms: (Note: all local, state and federal gun laws apply.) Browning (Belgium) model A5 12 ga 3 in. mag 30 in.full vent rib barrel, #69V 50251, made in 1969 (excellent condition); Winchester model 12, 12 ga 2-3/4 28 in. mod plain barrel #1348491, made in 1953 (excellent condition); Charles Daly over & under 12 ga 2-3/4 superior grade #557351, like new condition w/ box; military M/1 carbine #1182848, very good bore & condition; Springfield model 03A3 made by Remington 30/06 #4050019, excellent condition WWII production mint bore; Ruger single 6 22 long rifle #102398, mint bore condition; Luger P08 double date 1912/1920 #6686, fair to good condition; Colt model 1911 A1 45. cal #2310023, excellent condition.

Paintings: winter cityscape, 16"x20" oil on canvas, by Vladislaw Chmieliynski (Polish, 1911-1979); scene of woodcutters in forest, 24"x30"oil on canvas, by Jaroslav Kamich (Polish, 1923- ); portrait of a monk, 9"x12"oil on canvas board, by Caspar Miné (French, 1905-?); landscape 12"x18"oil on canvas by George Willis-Pryce (British, 1866-1949); 12"x16" contemp. oil on canvas portrait of Navajo maiden signed “Thomas”; 12¼”x17¼” oil on canvas, entitled Callejuela, by Miguel Angel Rios B. (Guatemalan, 1914-1991); 

Native American baskets & works of art: fine baskets, incl. Woodland, Hopi, Papago, Yokuts, Navajo, Washoe examples; SW pottery, incl. pcs. by Santa Clara artists Effie & Orville Garcia, Linda Tafoya Ojenque, Merton & Linda Sisneros, Sophie Cata, Noel & Lenore; other Native American art, incl. painted hide by Jeff Bluewater Hopkins (see inventory); Blackfeet beaded dress, c. 1955; Ojibwa jingle dress, c. 1940; Cree beaded jacket, 1920's; large Santo Domingo bowl; Casa Grande olla.

1000+ bells & accessories, the remaing private collection of Iva Mae Long & Harry & Louise Long (NOT AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE BIDDING): art glass, porcelain, bronze, brass, ceramic, sterling silver, silverplate, limited editions by various makers, incl. Fenton, Mary Gregory, Bohemian, Moser, Murano, Venetian, Kosta, Ed. Reitner, Delft, Royal Copenhagen, Hummel, Norman Rockwell, Orrefors, Lalique, Royal Bayreuth, Royal Doulton, Lladro, Capodimonte, Baccarat, Lenox, Copeland & more; cast brass sleigh & horse hames bells; teakwood Chinese gong, 42" tall w/ 15" gong

Miscellaneous antiques & fine furnishings: period Hepplewhite boxed liquor decanter set; from the Winkel family, long-time owners of China Hall in Rochester, MN.:  large-scale Hutschenreuther Selb figurines, incl. 2 Art Deco nudes, 1 w/ bears, 1 w/ leopard, designed by Karl Tutter & other rare porcelain pieces; Levi's Jeans advertising composition figurine of a cowboy, 29" tall; 14K yellow gold open face time piece/ horse racing stop watch, appears operational, w/ case & movement having matching serial #81309; sterling candlesticks, hollow ware & flatware pcs.; Lenox dinner plate in FDR's White House china pattern; flow blue & other china pcs.; cut glass; original formula Fenton Carnival glass pitcher & 8 tumblers in Windmill Pattern; majolica; several oriental rugs; old costume & gold jewelry; 6 mantle clocks; framed scenic tile by Craven Dunnill & Co.; set of 6 Smithsonian aviation prints with remnants of historic aircraft; Edison standard cylinder phonograph w/ crane morning glory horn & record cabinet; Weller Louwelsa jardiniere; Red Wing pcs., incl. 3 sponge-band pcs., birchbark pattern pcs., & "Pretty Red Wing" ashtray; stoneware jug by Medalta Potteries, 1916-1924; Arcade cast iron horse-drawn McCormick Deering wagon; 18th cent. Thai bronze Buddha head, 14" h x 8-1/4" w; large collection of HO locomotives, cars, and accessories to include o guage Lionel with some American Flyer; approx. 50 Longaberger baskets; 50+ Coach & other high-end handbags.

 Furniture: 3 oak commodes, one w/ wishbone mirror; oak secretary bookcase; oak high chest of drawers w/ wishbone mirror; oak bookcase w/ glass door; 5 oak child’s rockers; 2 high chairs; 5-shelf oak barrister bookcase; oak dropleaf table; tiger maple dropleaf table;

Tractors Engines Tools: 1939 B John Deere tractor, runs w/ new rear rubber; 1948 IHC Cub tractor w/ woods belly mower w/ hydraulic lift & new rear rubber; Coleman Pulse 1850 portable generator; Performa belt disc sander, Model #90227; B&D table top power saw; B&D router; B&D saws all; Craftsman power saw; table mount machining mill; JET tool & equipment lathe, Model BD-920N, belt drive w/ chucks, gears, spindles & accessories; Craftsman floor drill press; Craftsman table saw on homemade cart; Northern cut off saw; Sanborn portable air compressor; floor jack; radio controlled airplane; Bianchi Ocelot men’s multispeed bicycle; early hit-and-miss one-lung engines by Economy, John Deere, Novo, Cushman, International, Fairmont, Fairbanks, Morris, Maytag; 3 Hale Five Fighting portable P-250 gpm Mode 2 water pumps, like new w/ 9 hrs., 4 hrs. & 12 hrs. on meters w/ manual start accessory kits; two 3/5 KW diesel portable generator sets, 110/ 220/ single & 3-phase w/ 362 hrs. & 358 hrs., Onan H.D. military; many early agricultural articles & parts.

Live steam locomotive in 1½” scale, by Mogul 2-6-0 (see video), 7½”gauge, incl. some cars -- needs rebuilding to operate safely -- not run in years.

Auction arranged & conducted by John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Co., 22 - 3rd St. SW, Rochester, MN. 55902. Phone (507) 289-8049 or fax (507) 289-8602. Auctioneers: John Kruesel, Mike Anderson and Lowell Gilbertson. Descriptions are subject to error. Not responsible for accidents. Statements made day of sale take precedence over printed material. Terms: Cash, Visa or Mastercard; no checks unless you are personally known to auction company -- checks must be accompanied with photo ID and current bank letter of reference stating purchasing limit (which becomes the property of the auction company). 10% buyer’s premium on all purchases. ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED DAY OF AUCTION. Lunch provided by Rochester’s favorite restaurant Bilotti’s Italian Village.

Enter our antique lighting galleries by clicking on the
links in the menu on the left. We carry a wide
variety of antique lighting, including:
Art Nouveau era electric ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps;
Victorian gas ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps,
Art Nouveau era gas-and-electric ceiling
fixtures and sconces;
and Victorian kerosene ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps.

Our storefront, the 1874 Williams Building, on historic Third Street Southwest, Rochester, MN.

We carry a general line of antiques, specializing in lighting, estate jewelry, historic documents and photos, and "the unusual." We provide appraisals, marketing advice, a complete auction/estate sale service and consultation on historic lighting restoration projects.

We'd like to hear from you!