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Joe Ley Estate Antique Online Auction


1:00 PM
Monday, February 13  2023


1:00 PM *
Monday, February 20  2023

* Staggered End & Extended Bidding

1726 Mellwood Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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  • Thursday, February 16, 1:00 -3:00 PM
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Condition report not provided. Please view detailed photos closely as they are part of the description.

Pick Up

  • Tuesday, February 21, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Schedule pick-up by appointment only. Curbside pick-up will be available for most items. Buyers are responsible for packing, loading, and moving all items purchased without assistance from the Harritt Group. Bring your own help and equipment to load your items.

Selling online the eclectic lifetime collection of Joe Ley Antiques – a mass collection of great local history and memorabilia including early advertisement tins, vintage clothing, signs, toys, Fontaine Ferry Park memorabilia and so much more. Offered in multiple sessions including hand-picked items from their Louisville Kentucky business complex, off-site warehouses and Joe’s personal private collection.


W.L. Weller Rye Whiskey brass stencil made by Brakmeier Bros, Falls City Beer Mini-City store display sign, Falls City Beer pin up girl advertisement posters, several Falls City Beer openers and a Falls City Beer gold glass bottle, Belle of Nelson “The Whiskey Made Kentucky Famous” advertisement lithograph, “Kis-Me” Chewing Gum Factory advertisement print, Colonel Sanders black & white photograph, Standard Oil Company copper stencil, Fehr’s F.F.X.I. Beer advertisement tray, Fehr’s Beer apron, Velvet Coffee tin, early Colgan’s Taffy Tolu store display tin, 1897 Faculty University of Louisville Law Department photo, Sterling & Fehr’s Beer bottles, W.B. Trumbo Co. advertising brush, 1940’s Kentucky Derby glass tumbler, political & Kentucky buttons, Belknap Bluegrass Hardware needle case, International Harvester Louisville Works glass tumbler, The Schaefer-Meyer Brewing Co beer bottle, 2004 Kentucky Derby Winner Smarty Jones horse and 2009 Kentucky Derby Winner Calvin Borel bobblehead.


“The Derby” by David Dunlop Tobacco Horse Racing print, Olde Heirloom Brand Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey pump organ lamp, Buckeye “Beer such as Grandpa Remembers” tin sign, Mosier Safe and Lock Co. Cincinnati O photograph, Buva Standard Scalp Treatment embossed sign, Harlem Club Whiskey brass stencil, American Eagle Fire Insurance Company of New York brass sign, Grand Dame Coffee tin, Graham’s Roasted Coffee tin, Monarch Marshmallows tin, The Cracker Jack cocoanut corn crisp tin, Glendora Coffee tin, White Coffee tin, Cottolene tin, Kyanize High Gloss French Gray Enamel tin, Mountain Herbaline Rose tin, Richmond Club Mixture Tobacco tin, Wrigley’s Pepsin Gum framed advertisement, Transportation black & white photo collage, Zipp’s Crushed Fruits Victorian die cut framed advertisement, Brazil Trullerie Dublin Style Cigar Pipes box, Our Lady of the Angels Nursing Home sign, Optometrist reverse glass painted sign, Just Suits Cut Plug tin, Try Moses Cough Drops tin, J.G. Dill’s Best Cube Cut Plug tin, E.F. Kemp Salted Mixed Nuts tin, Havana Ribbon & Yale Smoking Tobacco tins, Liebler & Co’s lithograph, Playboy Motor Car sign, “A Fine Team to Crow About” advertisement poster, Dr. Lynas’ Flavoring Extracts poster, Proctor & Gamble advertisement, Red Star Spice store tin, Ruddy Harvester Oil / Standard Oil tin, 1906 Petrings Kake & Koffee cake box, No Smoking metal sign, Shell outboard motor oil can, Mr. Spice store bin, The Great American Tea Companies cockatoo tin, Notice Fire Extinguisher porcelain sign, Superba Coffee tin, Buckingham & Edgeworth Tobacco tins, Drink White Rock sign, Bunte Fine Confections tin, The Oakhill Brewery beer bottle, Champion Spark Plug tin, WWII war bond posters, Niagara Bakery colorful crate lid, Middishade Clothes display box and tobacco advertising tins.


Lego Ferrari race car in original box, Walt Disney’s “Ferdinand the Bull” book, Walt Disney’s “Donald Duck and His Friends book by Jean Ayer, 1959 Chevrolet Impala tin friction car, Solido Mountain box toys, PET Brand salesman’s sample cast iron cook stove & pans, 1978 Hess training van toy, 1987 Hess semi truck bank toy, 1950’s Buick Special tin car, bisque head baby doll, 1912 mohair teddy bears, Q.R.S. Playasax saxophone, German swing toy, large stuffed boxer dog, folk art stuffed donkey riding toy, cast iron bell pull toy, Barney Google’s Spark Plug wood horse comic pull toy, wood horse-drawn firefighters wagon, cast iron horse drawn milk wagon,

Lionel City 124 toy train station, Lionel 2330 Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 electric locomotive, German child’s toy sewing machine, early lithograph picture block puzzle, painted chalk figurines, 1938 Walt Disney Enterprise Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs night light, Arcade 1920 cast iron policeman still bank, clown jack in the box, 1920’s metal jointed Mutt & Jeff dolls, Marx Magic Beetle, hand carved fire fighter, early American toy chair, Walt Disney Mickey Mouse fireman, cast iron horse and carriage, Arcade cast iron toy cannon, Schoenhut elephants, , 1 1/2” swirl marbles, Daisy No. 72 Squirt-O-Matic pistol, Marx Walt Disney train board, Auto Speedway race track, Ertl International Farmall l656 tractor, folk art horse figurines, cardboard toy soldiers, animal figurines, celluloid cat, country store doll hats, Buddy L Coca-Cola trailer, bus toys, cast iron locomotives, Howdy Doody & The Princess & Dolly children’s books.


Fontaine Ferry Park photo collage, 1914 Fontaine Ferry Park theater program, 37th Annual Grayson County Society Reunion advertisement, Southern Star Valuable funny money ticket, Courier Journal & Louisville Times theater magazine, blueprint drawing, tickets & toys, large collection of chalk figurines & banks including collie dogs, majorettes, piggy banks, owl, bull, chalk eagle “Remember Pearl Harbor” figurine and more, painted dog ashtrays, Disney Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and lady figurines, 1906 ticket, cast aluminum horse & jockey game figurines, scrapbook, appraisal report, horse whip whistles, plaster clown head, penny shooter revolver, kids hats, wood game bottle, green blown glass bottle and The Letter Carriers ticket.


Fireman’s telescoping parade trumpet, two (2) 1940’s black rotary phones, reproduction Roseville foxglove art pottery basket, early hand carved wood duck decoy, L&N Railroad flagman uniform cap, The Big Store James O. Addison plate, Native American Chief brass letter opener, folk art carved head bust, wrought iron figural door bell, brass wall bell, celluloid football player & Hutch football, early 1900’s school memories album, marbles, (3) antique wood rocking horses, folk art WWII Uncle Sam, Victorian salesman sample carriage, (2) antique baby carriages, carnival stilts, lightning rod with glass ball, lifesize man mannequin with wool baseball uniform, Victorian tricycle, Civil War intricate carved pipe, early bicycle head light lamp, DC comic books, New Wharf Pottery England miniature flo blue saucers, folk art carved walnut shaving mirror, Evinrude outboard gas tank, 1800’s black & white bar photographs, 1800’s leather top hat cases, chalk gorilla bank, Dobbs Fifth Avenue New York hat & box, Majolica smoking fish & Arabian man tobacco humidors, cast iron duck carnival shooting range target, McCoy & Brazilian ceramic planters, Vote Green for Sheriff type print blocks, hanging coat racks, vintage valentines, vintage baseball cards, vintage baseball catcher’s chest guard, vintage lapel pins, Jefferson David Chalfant “The Blacksmith” print, hanging oak church hymn board, framed circus performer clothes, James Audubon “Black & Yellow Warbler” wildlife print, “The Great Kelly and Mason Ridicule” lithograph, wood corner what knot shelf, National Distillers silk screen frames, cast aluminum street lamp, traffic signal lights, Saint Xavier High School posters, 1800’s pine immigrant’s trunk, Miller High Life & Old Breed Beer mirrors, movie & TV magazines, wood canes, Winkler Coal Furnace salesman sampler stoker, cast iron toy safe, waffle maker & car, 1986 Miller High Life Beer clock, Moosehead Heirloom regulator clock, 1985 Coors Light Silver Bullet lighted mirror, 1972 Kentucky Derby Pure Sterling Beer sign, 1986 Miller High Life Beer clock, Moosehead Heirloom regulator clock, 1985 Coors Light Silver Bullet lighted mirror, 1972 Kentucky Derby Pure Sterling Beer cardboard sign, vintage patches, U.S. Military wheeled vehicles photo book, United State Coast Guard auxiliary hat, folk art hanging wrought iron cabinet, Zenith 500 transistor radio kit, folk art carved buffalo jaw bone, blue & white enamelware pudding mold, 1957 Louisville city directory, International Trucks Crismon autographed book, 1858 Mason’s blue jar, salesman sample organ stool, Palooka’s golden boxing gloves, arrowheads, collection of bullets, musket balls, ammo, buttons & belt buckle from Perryville, KY, smoking pipe bodies, General Distillers Corp. black letter boards, Native American wood sled, speed boxing bag, Lanshire Native American canoe clock, tooled leather gun holster, colorized toddler portrait, antique horse tack, Don’t Walk / Walk traffic signs, greyhound wind chime & figurines, 1800’s Regina music box discs, automobile grill, wood tambourine and a country store string dispenser.


Antique mission style open book shelf, (2) Hamilton typeset cabinets, country store counter top showcase.


Electric “Beatle Bass” violin, Harmony Sovereign F-70-W acoustic guitar, acoustic guitar, Aida 229 acoustic banjo, All Star acoustic guitar, Crosby, Stills & Nash Southern Cross 45RPM autographed record, Merle Haggard, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, George Jones and Loretta Lynn autographed LP vinyl records.


1891 Knights Templar overcoat by Pettifbone, B&O Railroad bell boy uniform, wool bathing suits, men’s riding pants, fleur de lis ecentric overcoat, Barnum Bailey circus jacket, child’s jacket & pants set, POW/MIA reversible letterman jacket, USMC dress coat, Navy cracker jack pants, 1990’s South Oldham County High School letterman’s jacket, Culver Military Academy jacket, military wool jacket, Henderson-Armed regalia jacket, clerical overcoat, vintage raffia & boater hats and others.


I-65 to I-64 East to Story Avenue exit. Continue 1 block to left on N. Spring Street to left on Mellwood Avenue. Travel dast just past Frankfort Avenue to auction on right.


We know that the end of an online auction can be a hectic place. Here are some tips & things you should know to help make it a little easier…


Lots will end 30 seconds apart.


To prevent bid sniping, last-minute bids will extend individual lots using our ‘soft-close’ functionality.

  • If a bid is placed in the last 10 minutes, the lot will remain open for an additional 10 minutes.
  • If any further bidding occurs, the extension timer will reset to 10 minutes.
  • If no further bidding occurs, the lot closes when the timer runs out.

Place your max bid and let the system bid for you. In the event two bidders have placed identical max bids, the first bid received will be the successful bid.


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