Acquisition No.: 2018-14-12
Title: Binder; Simon Kuhn’s Amazing Estate Auction Records.
Item History:

The Auction dispersal of the collection portion of the estate of Simon Kuhn spanned several dates. Collectable and functional items were sold on: Oct. 4th and 5th, 1974, and June 21, 1975, and June 28, 1975, and at other locations and dates. Auction sale listings from local newspapers are included in this binder. Auction buyers names and addresses are also included. Most of the registered buyers were from Pennsylvania and Maryland. Some traveled from Virginia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina and Washington, DC.

Auctioneers involved include: G. W. Krepps, Jim Crawford, Larry Peters, and Auctioneer Baldwin.

By the mid 1970’s Mr. Kuhn’s huge collection fell under the heading of “Very Rare Antiques.” The one-time squabble between township leaders and Simon Kuhn as to what constituted junk vs. antiques and collectables was being rewritten in auction descriptions and proceeds. One hand-written preliminary listing noted: “Collection of more than 200 vehicles: Buggies, wagons, surreys, hearses, sleighs,” and “Ploughs, harrows, binders, threshers, etc. also poles, shafts, wheels, steam engines”

Also listed were; antique cars, trucks, chunk stoves, all kinds of wheels, and antique and modern farm machinery. Literally hundreds of other items were sold on each day’s sales. A myriad of obsolete “horse drawn” pieces of equipment were listed.

Driving directions noted: “This sale will be held along Rt. 116 between Bonneauville and Brushtown, Pa, at The Simon Kuhn Woods.” and “Located five miles East of Gettysburg on Pa. Route 116.”

Of interest are some of the old time items listed for sale that are seldom heard in this Century. Among them: surreys, heatrolas, hames, pull type scoops, Packard, Fordson, and trussels.

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