Monday, February 23, 2009

Unquie Propeller flying across the block at The Super Auction

Jade Montrie of Montrie Auction & Estate Service LLC. will have two sessions in the inaugural Super Auction on February 28, 2009 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They will be offering an eclectic mix of paper, smalls, military and sports memorabilia. Many of the items have some interesting, informative history.

One of these items is a small wooden airplane propeller. The propeller was listed on the Super Auction site and Montrie received an email from an auction goer who thought this might be a rare, WWII non-piloted drone airplane propeller. Based on the emailer's hunch, research was done on the maker and serial number of the prop and we found this was one of the "drone" propellers.

"This item is one of the great joys of begin an auctioneer," commented Montrie. "We knew the propeller was not your standard propeller and after doing a some research after a tip from our pool of informed buyers we discovered this propeller was piece of aviation history. It is stories like this that make auctioneering such a enjoyable and interesting profession."

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1 comment:

  1. I have drone propeller with a Sessions electric clock mounted in the middle. It is marked Ritz Mfg. Co., Chicago, on the bottom of the base. I found a little information on these clocks a few years ago, but have lost it now. I seem to remember the story was that the propellers were slightly defective, so they were not flight-worthy and therefore made into clocks. I can find nothing on Ritz Mfg. Co. of Chicago. Has anyone seen propeller clocks like this or know anything about them?