John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Company

Home Period Glass for Antique Lighting Gas and Gas-and-Electric Ceiling Fixtures Kerosene Ceiling Fixtures Sconces Table Lamps More Period Glass Electric Ceiling Fixtures Past Auctions Archive Email List Helmholz Balfour Mayo Auction 2012 Antiques Music Machines Auction 2015

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 Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, and other times by appointment. 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.

If you would like to receive email notices for our auctions, you can sign up here.


Two Day Auction - Friday and Saturday

Outdoor Sporting Collectibles & Tools Auction

9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 • Bldg. 35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds Rochester, MN

Preview: 2:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, July 13, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day. We will conduct a small contractors equipment auction starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening in order to shorten the day on Saturday.


Duck & Game Calls: (catalog) Many rare and hard to find Minnesota GAME CALLS from the lifetime collection of Dan Paulios of Rochester, MN. The finest groupings of Ralph True, Hopkins, MN duck and goose calls ever assembled. Including the very best of his "so-called" Presentation calls, Professional & Regular models. Other notable and hard to find MN makers; Bovey, Kammerer, Anderson, Bitzen, Dukart, Edlefsen, Edwards, Englund, Grass, Hansen, Helmeke, Herter, Meyer, Muehlstien, Priebe, Quam, Schoenrock, Theissen, Unknowns and more. Many with boxes and Instructions. CALLS FROM OTHER STATES: Andy Bowels, Wally Scharr - Alma Duck Call, Tom Turpin, J. L. Melancon, Olt, Tom Condo, Tom Swanson, Many Factory Calls: Faulks, Cajun, RNT, Gardner, Robertson, Iverson, too many to list! Also many competition and hunting grade calls. ON-LINE Bidding for game calls ONLY. All calls inspected, identified and cataloged by Doug Lodermeier, Sr.

Duck & Shorebird Decoys: (catalog) Handmade decoys, Factory decoys, Decorative decoys. Mason, Herter’s, Big Sky, Wooden Bird Factory, Minnesota Rubber Duck Co., Daisey, Jim & Pat Slack, many more... All decoys inspected, identified and cataloged by Doug Lodermeier, Sr.

Duck Boats:Grumman #2345-G17S; Grumman #252-GP-3-18; Grumman #616-6-5-20; Grumman #818 -GP-S15 (on bow), #GBP002441172 (on gunnel side) Model G-15SS (on stern seat) w/ sailing option; Old Town 20' cedar strip "1946;" Lund combination row boat #632877; Lund combination row boat, unknown serial number; Lund Model S-14 combination row boat, unknown serial number; Aluma Craft combination row boat, unknown serial number; Aluma Craft combination row boat, unknown serial number; fiberglass duck boat, 12'6"; Lund combination row boat, #621533; Lund duck boat, unknown serial number; Shell Lake Boat Works, #33188 (maybe ricing?); Duratec 11'6" jon boat; 3 Lund ricing boats, unknown serial, #3873, #2888; Aluma Craft duck boat; 3 unknown maker fiberglass duck boats, one serial #FBF43600H787; Widgeon fiberglass duck boat;; Aluma Craft aluminium duck boat; Aluma Craft duck boat; four aluminum row boat bow covers; Carsten 1987 14' Oin. fiberglass; Lund 12' duck boat #630283; Lund 12' duck boat #8605; Aluma Craft 12' duckboat #D2436; Larson Boat Works wooden 11'6" duck boat; Peterson Bros. 12'3" wooden duck boat; unmarked 13'8" fiberglass duck boat; 12'7" fiberglass stern mount fish boat; 12'6" aluminum rice boat; Lund 1983 16' Oin w/ EZ load trailer w/ 50 h.p. Mercury and Access including Minn Kota Turbo Pro; Highlander 1987 trailer #100D, 3000 GVW; Trailex 3000 GVW; 5' ice fishing sled.

Books, Magazines, Catalogs, Prints & Signage: Collector Books: Harlan & Anderson, McGrath, Lodermeier, many more. Boat Catalogs: Lund, Aluma-Craft, Evenrude, Old Town, many more. Advertising: Herter’s, Olt, Bean, True, much more. Gun Catalogs: Browning, Remington, Winchester, more. Art Books: Pleissner, Jaques, more. Prints: Kouba and more. Signage: Many collectible hunting & fishing signs.

Contractors Tools and Equipment: (selling Friday evening): Waco scaffolding frames, braces, wheels, levelers, wooden planks, Werner aluminum planks (8’-24’), 4 pump jacks, multiple 2-sided aluminum ladders, wood & fiberglass step ladders; electric tools: 14" Delta band saw, 9" and 10" table saws, joiners. 14" drill press, 12" planer, dust collector, 3 sawbucks, spindle sander; Air Pack, Senco & Craftsman compressors; Karcher gasoline pressure washer; Honda generator; Harbil paint mixer; power AC cord tools by Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Delta, DeWalt: drills, disc-/belt-/pad sanders, 7-1/4", 6", 4-1/2" skill saws, routers, sawsalls, right angle drill, door planers, miter saws; approx. 30 cordless tools, new & like-new, incl. Paslode Impulse nailers; Stihl chainsaws, blowers, trimmers; hand tools: Stabila levels, Jorgensen clamps, 100s of high speed drills & router bits, dozens of hand saws, air hoses, power cords, vast quantities of hammers, tapes, wrenches, socket sets, tool boxes, screwdrivers, vice grips, nail bags, shop vacs, saw blades, sanding belts, finishing supplies, additional quantities of related supplies & hardware.

Hunting & Fishing: clothing, packs, gloves, hats, boots, jackets, shints by L.L. Bean, Duluth Trading Co., Filson, Pendleton, Woolrich, Red Wing, Hudson Bay, etc; "Snowshoe" Furniture by Vermont Tubs & Snowcraft, incl. rockers, arm chairs, coffee table, magazine rack; approx. 100 knives by Remington, Winchester, Buck & others.

Firearms & Ammunition: (catalog) rifle & spotting scopes; gun cabinets; dozens of pistol holsters & rifle cases; empty rifle boxes; quantity of modern pistol, shotgun & high power ammo; rifle & spotting scopes 120+ B.B. & pellet air rifles; vast quantities of printed related literature, incl. hard/softbound references works; promotional & club publications. Approx. 25 like-new primarily Browning firearms; extra barrels and more. All State and Federal Firearm laws apply.

Military Collectibles: (catalog) (from the lifetime collections of Jerry & Tom Daly of Elmira, NY. & Jasper Daly of Corning, NY., and the estate of Captain William M. McConahey, M.D. (1916-2004), Rochester, MN., battlefield surgeon from D-Day to the fall of Berlin, present at the liberation of the Flossenbuerg concentration camp): Civil War, WWI & WWII U.S., German Imperial & Third Reich, Japanese & Italian artifacts acquired from returning vets: Civil War cavalry sabers, Colt, Remington, Sharps, Steven, Smith & Wesson, Coupep. firearms, Frankford, PA. revolvers & pistols; WWI trench knives, fighting knives; approx. 30 Third Reich edged weapons, daggers, S.A., S.S., NSKK, Luftwaffe, Nazi Youth, paratrooper gravity knife, field knives, dress & combat bayonets, Red Cross, Hewer Tento Labor Corp., police, Kriegsmarine, stag-handled dress, Italian dress; approx.. 16 swords, incl. German police, officer’s dress w/ lion heads, WWI Bavarian, artillery officers, Prussian dress, Luftwaffe dress, S.S. officer’s, S.S. police; flatware w/ initials A.H, allegedly from Berchtesgaden; multiple Nazi flags, banners, arm bands, state service flags; Taiwanese flag; aluminum Nazi eagle railroad Adler; dagger hangers; paratrooper badge w/ case; various medals; Model 98 rifles; K 43 semi-automatic rifle w/ paper manual; M 1 Springfield Grand rifle; 30+ visor caps; German & U.S. steel helmets, incl. German WWI Spanish, German Models 30 & 40 (some w/ decals), Japanese Mark 1, Japanese naval Type 90.

Lunch by Omar's Kitchen and Catering, West Concord, MN

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, Lowell Gilbertson and Michael Anderson. 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.


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!