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Joe Ley Estate Antique Online Auction


1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 4


1:00 PM *
Wednesday, January 11

* Staggered End & Extended Bidding

1726 Mellwood Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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  • Monday, January 9, 1:00 PM – 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

  • Thursday, January 12, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday, January 13, 10:00 AM – 2:00 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.

Joe Ley Antiques was known as Louisville’s epicenter of all things eclectic and off the wall for nearly 60 years and included a mass collection of local history and memorabilia. This collection available exclusively at online auction and offered in multiple sessions are hand-picked items from their Louisville business complex, off-site warehouses, and Joe’s personal private collection.


Joe Ley Antiques hand lettered shop sign, Brown Forman Whisky metal lithograph sign, Rome Metal Ware copper city wash boiler in original shipping crate to Stratton & Terstegge Louisville, KY, Broadway & Preston Street iron & porcelain street sign, W. Walnut Street copper sign, Frank J. Kramer Dry Goods metal sign, Falls City Beer mini-city cardboard store display sign, Louisville Grocery Fancy Table Syrup tin, Louisville Memorial Auditorium Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd show bill poster, Stewart’s Santa Claus window display, Louisville Artist Harvey Joiner brass name plaque, Oertel’s & Falls City beer bottles, Galt House & Seelbach beer steins, Kiss-Me Gum framed lithograph, Belknap Hardware Old Kentucky Home produce scale, General Store Keepers South Louisville wood fireworks box, Belmont Distillery reverse glass sign, 1936 George D. Lee framed lithograph of General Distillers Corporation of Kentucky, Falls City Beer pin-up posters, Bank of St. Mathews flour sifter, Fisher Bros. Circus Lebanon Junction poster, 4th Street & Union Station framed b&w photos, Claudia Sanders Kentucky Country Hams print block, Louisville car dealer promotional print blocks and a Louisville Railway Notice to Passengers sign.


Alpine Ski Lodge Emergency First Aid sign with wood skis, William F. Finn Funeral Director screen sign, Fehr’s Beer display poster, original David Klien mid century Fly TWA Greece & Rome travel posters, Manufacture De Bicyclettes framed poster, Bradley & Vrooman Paints porcelain sign, Sucrene Hay Grain & Feed flange sign, Western Union Telegrams porcelain sign, Railroad Grain Car hand lettered safety sign, Smith’s Cafe Borden IND directional sign, Eisenlohr Cinco Cigars sign, Long-Bell Lumber porcelain flange sign, Recoopering Room hand painted metal sign, MoorMan’s Mineral Cow Feed metal sign, Buffalo Courier Enquirer flange sign, Sherwin-Williams Paints metal dealer sign, Ful-O-Pep Eggs metal sign, hand lettered Do Not Use Air For Cleaning Off Clothes factory safety sign, Metropolis Monument Tombstone metal sign, Baxter’s Drum Cigar embossed sign, 7UP cardboard store display, Sears Roebuck Gold Crest Motor Oil can, Porto Maurizio Olive Oil 1/2 gallon advertising tin, White Ash Cigar humidor, Light Sweet Cuba Tobacco advertising tin, Union 76 Royal Triton oil can, early Tak-A-Cup O Kindness coffee tin, Olympic Quality Gasoline faux gas pump, brass stenciled distillery rackhouse sign, Eugene Dietzgen surveyor’s transit & accessories, Black Draught Laxative porcelain wall dispenser, Myers Distillers Whiskey tray, Pape’s Diapepsin framed lithograph, Chesterfield Cigarettes framed poster, Putnam Dyes wood & metal store display cabinets, Putnam Dyes cabinet door, Miller High Life & Budweiser Beer trays, Pabst Blue Ribbon bicentennial tray, Miller High Life Beer electric advertising clocks, A.K. Walch Cigar signs, Washington Stoves & Ranges embossed sign, Longman and Martinez Paints metal sign, Jelke Good Luck Margarine metal sign, J. & P. Coats’ Thread metal sign, Harrisons Town & Country Paint dealer sign, Columbia Grafonola and Records dealer sign, Lorillard’s Beech-Nut Chewing Tobacco sign, Baltimore & Ohio RR Tickets metal sign, Miller High Life Beer eagle & wheat crest advertising clock, 1984 Michelob Beer clock, 1976 Stag Brewery beer trays, Humphrey’s Specifics store display cabinet, Baltimore Oysters advertising can, vintage movie advertisement posters, Free Lance & Lord Baltimore Cigar posters, Dr. Lynas’ Flavoring Extracts & Armour’s Oats posters, Johnston Machine & Sand Remedy cardboard advertisement pieces, Edgemont Crackers and Cakes advertising box, Chesterfield Cigarettes pin-up girl print, Kodak Verichrome Film advertisement glass, International Truck aluminum name plate, A&P Baking Powder tin, Morton House Coffee tin, Old Master Coffee tin, Maintained by Federal porcelain security sign, Tetlow Antiseptic Cold Cream can, Slipknot Rubber Heels metal sign, Miller High Life advertisement mirror, Witherell and Doud’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin showbill poster, Taylor Empire Cream Sherry advertising mirror, Lee Union-Alls coverall sign, cast metal Rip Van Winkle & Raleigh Cigarettes bust advertisement paperweights, Larvex advertisement cardboard boxes & Blackstone’s Pure Aspirin Tablets.


Antique country store 16-drawer cabinet, vintage oak painted church altar, hanging oak 21-cubby hole rack, student’s lift top maple desk, wrought iron etagere, pair of unusual Asian Victorian carved chairs, phonograph record cabinet, (5) rush bottom chairs, upholstered brass nailhead footstool, shaker style rocker & ladder back chair, wicker rocking chair, rope twist & wicker etagere, 1930’s wood inlaid nesting tables, oak toilet wall box 1970’s console table, oak alter wall shelf, bullseye rope twisted iron ice cream parlor chair, Jacobean style refectory dining table & (6) chairs, primitive wood tool box, corinthian style pedestal end table, oak bow front corner china cabinet, Jenny Lind twin size bed and a 1950’s maple butler’s chest.


Structo road grader, 1930’s toy dump truck, 1930’s ice dump truck, Tootsie tow truck, Buddy L toy dump truck, 1920’s Keystone dump truck, early Keystone dump truck, Jolly Penguin wind-up plush toy, Circus seal wind-up plush toy, cast iron Pinto horse still bank, Hall’s Excelsior cast iron still bank, cast iron safe still bank, cast iron bank building still bank, cast iron 1776 Liberty Bell still bank, Royal miniature cast iron toy cook stove, 1920’s Hubley cast iron toy fire truck engine pumper, wind-up celluloid scooter & trapeze toys, spinning swing tin toy, Apls lever action Ford Model-T toy car, 1924 Louis Marx wind up golden goose, Marx Walt Disney mechanical train set, hand made mechanical toy steam shovel, wood cabin cruiser battery power boat, Wolverine No. 27 drum major, 1936 Nu-Matic toy space ray cap gun, vintage toy pistols, German Lemiphone children’s phonograph, early 1900s Gunthermann tango dancers wind-up toy, wind-up bunny rabbit, paper mache Easter bunny candy containers, J. Chein toy Easter bunny with wheelbarrow, early tin streetcar, Louis Marx wind-up Honeymoon Express, Roly Poly clown toy, Penn Central 4201 locomotive, Tyco 1776 Bicentennial locomotive, (10) HO Scale locomotives, folk art wood polar bear, Steiff original teddy bear, early teddy bear stuffed toy, circus elephant stuffed toy, Oldtimers No. 3 lever action automobile, die cast Guy Warrior Car Transporter by Lesney, early lithograph picture block puzzle, Maisto diecast Citroen FFI car, cast iron Arabian Safe still bank by Kyser & Rex 1882, cast iron horse & cart, McLoughlin Brothers animal litho picture block set, 1930’s green enamel electric range, Louis Marx Stream Line Electrical Train set in original box and an early horse pull toy.


Primitive wood bourbon bottle drying rack, restored child’s pedal car, wood rocking horse, vintage 1950’s men’s bicycle, American Flyer ladies bicycle, wrought iron praying church kneeler, Tom Mix and Tony “The Wonder Horse” toy rocking horse, art deco 1930’s Skippy Sno Plane sled, (3) late 1800’s wood sheds, child mannequin with military clothing, Columbia graphophone Margarete Matzenauer poster, Dr. McGillicuddy’s Mentholmint Schnapps mirror, ornate brass griffin ornamental wall plaque, buffalo cast iron platform scale, plaster Santa Claus bank, Pop Goggin Flying Club wood propeller, folk art wood duck decoy, leather firefighter’s helmet badge, folk art Uncle Sam figurine, Pullman Porter railroad cap, early Currier & Ives lithograph, Standard Oil dealer award plaque made by Bruce Fox, mid-century brass & oak candlesticks, large lady figural leaded stained glass window panel, (2) 9’ leaded stained glass ribbon pattern door panels, U.S. Post Office glass front mail sorting window, Cutler mail chute, folk art framed landscape, arts & craft Judd cast iron Native American Indian Chief pipe rack, child’s dome top trunk, (5) snare drums including Boy Scout and others, (14) Greyhound Lines service pins including (6) 10K gold pins, Richmond Chemical, First Aid, Phillex & Brass General Quick Aid fire extinguishers, MacGill First Aid kit, Eveready Radio B Battery No. 770, Thomas Edison Model 30 Amberola, Columbia Grafonola record player, 1950’s child’s pirate chest, early Walsh brass knob iron horse hames & leather collar, vintage advertising yardsticks, ornate brass fireplace tool set, wood cowboy hat, Tom’s Toasted Peanuts glass storage jar, Jeweled Cross Attleboro MA rhinestone encrusted crucifix, religious candle lighter/snuffer & ceremonial candle holders, sporting, household & promotional print blocks, A.P.W. Paper Co. cast iron toilet paper holder, vintage cigarette smoking packs & boxes, The Temple Bible 32-volume book collection, Red Shed decorative metal rooster & hen, Junghans Vienna regulator wall clock, Stetson & Washer Bros. cowboy hats, Adolf Schreyer “The Pursuit” framed print, Great Council Improved Order of Red Men b&w 1927 photo, artist signed siamese cat pastel, Alfred Meyer-Bernburg nude lithograph, 1976 Kentucky Derby Bod Forbes print & George Lane Fox Esquire print, Bausch & Lomb Laboratory binocular microscope with case, antique leather doctor bags, RCA travel phonograph, BullDog jar rubbers, child’s doll trunk, The Dandy Wood paper cutter, Bowler & bellman style hats, Dirilyte silverplate flatware circa 1933, gold toned flatware set, wicker & metal picnic baskets, gold accented glass baren eagle on burl wood base, miniature Wagner cast iron waffle maker, cast iron reproduction Fireman’s Insurance eagle house plaque, Mary and child church statuary, M. Hohner Marine Band harmonica, antique wood ballet box, National Cash Register receipt holder and an antique folk art carved mountain climber & dog head canes.


1952 Fontaine Ferry B&W wrestling match photo, cast aluminum horse & jockey game figurines, chalk figurines including Lone Ranger, Charlie McCarthy, tall ship & windmill, Dutch boy & girl lamp, collie dogs, show girl, dog figurines, lion figurine, Santa Claus, Indian Bank & Native American riding horse, monkey & elephant figurines, owl, Highland Lassie bagpiper, lady in blue dress, Fontaine Ferry kids & beanie hats, 4 slat back & bottom wood chairs, convex fun mirror, large head bust of old woman, Grocers Picnic framed poster, Ride The Whip ticket booth sign, Masonic Picnic poster and several stuffed prize toys.


Johnny Winter (1944-2014) autographed drum cover, Neil Sedaka drum cover, Merle Haggard (1937-2016) framed portrait, Joe Diffie Grammy Award Winner framed portrait, Rick Derringer & Johnnie Johnson and the Kentucky Headhunters, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) autographed 1970 Life magazine and a Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) autograph.


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.


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