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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, October 19, 2013

Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Rochester MN

We are pleased to offer the following merchandise from several lifetime collections and estates, most notably a collection of Victorian art glass from the estate of Elsa Snyder, long-time Dodge Center, MN., antiques dealer/collector & many items from the estate of Don Sullivan, Stewartville, MN.

Preview: 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 18, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day. We will sell from two rings for much of the day.

View hundreds of photos of this merchandise by clicking on the "Auction Galleries" link on the left menu. Come back soon to see late additions!

Furniture: English walnut wardrobe 81"x43"x17"; fine oak tea cart; oak buffet; oak corner cabinet; 5-leg oak harvest table w/ leaves; 19th cent. wardrobe w/ 2 doors over 2 drawers; 3-drawer marble top dresser w/ mirror; 4-drawer marble top walnut chest of drawers; 3-drawer walnut marble top dresser w/ mirror, lamp shelves & handkerchief boxes; ornate Vict. bookcase w/ glass doors; Bombay-front standing curio shelf; formal Sheraton-style cupboard w/ 2 glass doors over 4 drawers; dining table w/ 6 Chippendale style chairs; buffet; several Vict. walnut parlor & center tables (some w/ marble tops); oak china cabinet; maple drop leaf dining table; set of 8 Hitchcock-style chairs (incl. 2 captain’s chairs); 4-drawer chest of drawers w/ carved leaf pulls & handkerchief boxes; Vict. walnut corner shelf; 6-drawer Empire-style chest of drawers w/ fancy crotch-grain veneer; drop leaf tea cart w/ ornate decals; c. 1900 dressing screen; 1- and 2-draw stands; side tables; several rockers, incl. child’s cane seat rocker; 2 trunks (1 camel back); immigrant trunks; chair sets; primitives; fern stands; restored Victorian settee; Victorian slipper chairs; foot stools; Victorian walnut beds; oak chairs; display & china cabinets; pedestal display case; vintage display cases & tables; several oak cases & others, incl. table top cases; back bar; harvest-type tables; wainscoting kitchen cupboard; wash stands.

Toys: a lifetime collection of vintage & newer toys, incl. trucks. construction, highway dept., race cars, Nascar, posters, tractors, promotional vehicles by Tonka, Wyandotte, Ertl, Solido, Tyco, Maisto, Hallmark, Matchbox, Avon & others – majority are new in box (see complete listing); cast iron 3-horse fire ladder wagon, policeman on motorcycle, Black Beauty still bank.

Lightning rods, balls & weather vanes: 70+ glass lightning balls of various shapes, manufacturers & colors, incl. ruby, blue, white, amber, clambroth, milkglass, amethyst & green; rare stepped contoured cobalt blue porcelain ball – SCA Chestnut, Hawkeye, Pee Wee, Cone, D & S 10-sided, moon-and-star, quilted, hobnail, Sheffield, Mercury, Prismatic, Electra, National, Diddie Blitzen, Thompson, etc.; weather vanes, incl. moon-and-star, pig, Black Beauty, cow & arrows.

Stoneware: many salt glaze & slip glazed crocks, coolers, jugs, bowls & advertising by Union Stoneware, Red Wing, Western, Ithaca, NY., & English; set of 6 nested mixing bowls; brushware umbrella stand w/ elk & forest scene; 5-gal. churn w/ leaf & flowers; 5-gal. large wing church; 3-gal. small wing banded cooler; 2-gal. large wing cooler; White Pottery of Ithaca, NY cookie jar & super water cooler w/ scene of Rebecca at the Well; variety of RW crocks of most sizes; food jars, English Cramwell cooler w/ spiggot, Union Stoneware 2-gal. w/ turkey drops, 5-gal. butterfly crock, 2-toned 8" tall jug, blue banded bowl, blue & gray slop jar, cheese jars, water filter.

Beveled & Etched Glass Windows: approx. 15 finely etched door windows w/ scenes of people, sheep, horses, homes, harbor, Niagara Falls, country landscapes, mill, flowers, elk, dogs, hunting scenes (attributed to original paintings by Arthur Burdett Frost, 1851-1928), geese, work horses, ribbons & lace; several stained glass windows (see listing with measurements).

Glassware & China: stunning collection of Victorian bride’s baskets & bowls w/ silver-plated handled or pedestal frames, cased cranberry & white w/ handpainted decorations, blue & white cased pcs.; hobnail; bisque jars; many cranberry & cased vases, bowls, Peach Blow, diamond quilted, mother-of-pearl; cranberry cut lustres; fancy Northwood vase; decorated cranberry pickle castors, water pitchers & tumblers; cranberry & painted covered butters & dresser pcs.; assorted Vict. pressed glass, incl ornate milk glass bird-on-nest candy dish; stemware & goblets; Baccarat paper weights; Swedish glass; Fostoria pcs.; flow blue plates, bowls & platters (50+ pcs.); large Dresden center piece; RS Prussia bowls & plates; trays; berry set; compotes; sugar & creamer sets; bisque figurines; Nemadji pottery;

Antiques & Fine Furnishings: Sligh walnut grandmother's clock; 2 fine diamond rings & tanzanite & diamond bangle (see appraisals); quantity of costume jewelry; vintage ladies' hats & purses; Bradley & Hubbard electric table lamp; early green glass Mission Real Fruit Juice counter dispenser; Stewartville memorabilia, incl. calendar & souvenir plates, Oliver’s Variety stoneware bean pot & Haack’s Store stoneware pie plate; print of First Appearance of Jenny Lind in America, 1858; many pcs. of Vict. & early 20th cent. china; sterling flatware service for 12 in the American Victorian pattern by Lunt (issued 1941); 5 pc. silver plated coffee/tea service w/ tray; collector spoons; walnut pump organ; 2 featherlite sewing machines; 100+ stereo cards (incl. WWI scenes); postcard albums; photo albums; 1950's Schwinn tandem bicycle; theater standard; TV lamps; lunch boxes; sporting goods, incl. fishing reels, wood hand net, creel, vintage football & pants, Philadelphia Athletic mechanical bat pencil.

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!