A Rare Slice of History


VERY RARE, 1880s, Bullion Exchange Bank Ledger from Carson City, Nevada with nearly 1000 pages of entries. This is an amazing slice of Gold/Silver/Banking history from the Bullion Exchange Bank in Carson City, Nevada. The handwriting is absolutely amazing and the book is 1000 pages and 997 of them are filled out in this stunning calligraphy. So lots and lots of pages which I am assuming may have some famous names and companies written on them if someone were diligent in searching through them. I believe the same individual did all the writing in the book as it is all remarkable. The ledger dates from September 6, 1888 till November 6, 1889. Book itself was produced by Le Count Bros. out of San Francisco, California. They were stationers, lithographers and printers. Book is very legible and easy to read. It is GIGANTIC and VERY HEAVY. It measures 18 by 13 inches and is 4 inches thick. It weighs a whopping 25 lbs. This is a VERY RARE slice of Gold Rush and Silver mining history in Nevada. Available in my ebay store now. Click here to view.

A Small Slice of Aviation History


VERY RARE, 1933, Chicago World's Fair, pocket watch fob or medal. This fob/medal is extremely rare. The only one I can find online anywhere is in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. One side shows Italo Balbo and the other side shows the Savoia-Marchetti S-55x aircraft. The Savoia-Marchetti S-55x was introduced in 1926 and retired in 1945. The fob measures 1.25 inches in diameter. Very rare piece of Aviation history depicting the voyage from Italy to the Chicago World's Fair, Century of Progress Exposition in 1933. I found the following information online:

In 1933 General Italo Balbo led an armada of 24 Italian hydroplanes from Rome to the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. It was billed as the “Crociera del Decennale” (i.e. 10th anniversary voyage in English) commemorating 10 years of fascist rule in Italy. This medal was one of several struck to commemorate the flight. Chicago renamed the former 7th Street “Balbo Drive” and staged a great parade in his honor. The Italian Exhibit building was designed in the shape of a giant airplane to tie into the armada flight theme.

Available in my ebay store.
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Come join us for our Labor Day Sale.  The entire store is 20% off today through Labor Day!  Monday, Sept. 3rd (Labor Day).
Shop Hours are Thursdays through Mondays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Please note that we moved in April of this year.  New address is:
           Antiques, Collectibles, Junque
 149 Sacramento St.       Auburn, CA 95603

Good Luck Charms


This little good luck charm is a Victorian, Charivari charm.  It is made out of 800 Silver and a stag antler.  When Austrian men would wear their lederhosen they would wear a charm chain across the front and on that chain would be items like this little Stag Horn charm. These talismans would bring good luck on the hunt.  This antique beauty is available now on my ebay site. Click here to view. 

For my Sweetheart


A piece of jewelry with a history.  Wonderful, Vintage, World War II, Trench Art, UK 3 Pence Coin, Slide Locket, Sweetheart Pendant.  A soldier, in the trenches, made this lovely little locket for his Sweetheart at home.  Many different trench art pieces were made by soldiers out of items they had on hand.  This locket slides open and has a 3 pence coin on both sides.  A little love sent home from a Soldier to his Sweetheart. Available in my ebay store.  Click here to view.

Auburn Co op


This wonderful Auburn event features something for every member of your family and is a great way to support your community and meet up with your friends.  The event features artisans handcrafted wares, gourmet food and drinks from local brewers, distilleries, and farmers, family fun including rock climbing and skate parks, live music and entertainment, and enjoy a stroll through the shops in Old Town.

Co-op is located in Old Town Auburn the 1st Thursday of each month June thru September, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Woof Woof


This little boy is a vintage, Hubley, Cast Iron, Boxer dog.  He is number 307, a large, doorstop size, and very rare.  The Hubley Manufacturing Co., out of Lancaster, PA produced this vintage beauty in the 1930s.  They started making cast iron toys in 1894.  These were made and painted by hand.  He is quieter than most dogs and doesn't eat as much.  This vintage Hubley doorstop is available on my ebay site. Click here to view.

Wild Animal Lovers


Hello Wild Animal Lovers.  This beautiful leopard is part of a 14k Yellow Gold, Diamond, and Emerald necklace, earrings and ring set currently available on my ebay site.  Beautiful set was hand fabricated in South Africa and comes with the original appraisal from 1992 and a current appraisal valuing the set at $20,645.  A perfect gift for the Wild Animal Lover or the girl who has everything.  A real show stopper.  Click here to view on ebay.

Come see what's new this week


Come see what's new this week at MARQUIS ETC.  We are not only an antique store but we have wonderful collectibles like this rare, 2004, porcelain BETTY BOOP collectible.  She is available in our ebay store now.  Click here to go to this listing on ebay.

We are loving our new location in the heart of Old Town Auburn.  We carry antiques, collectibles and good junque.  Come see what's new this week.

Come visit us at our new location

Come visit us at our new location located at 149 Sacramento Street in Old Town Auburn, California.  We have moved 3 blocks away from our old location and we are excited about our new digs.  We have cleaned, painted, designed, and stocked up for our transition.  Although we loved our shop on Commercial Street for the last 10 years, it was time for a change.  We welcome your business Thursdays thru Mondays from 10 to 5.  Open a little later most weekend nights.  What can make a first opening day more special?  A girl's dad driving hours just to show up for the event.  A girl loves her dad.  He is the handsome gent in the photo with me. Come see whats new this week at MARQUIS ETC.


A Glimpse into the Life of a US Soldier During World War I


A RARE lot of 50 letters home from a World War I US Soldier which I found in this old tin box.  This is a RARE slice of American history.  The gentleman who wrote the letters was 18 when he started them and then went to World War I and came back.  Such a rare glimpse into a young man's heart, fears, desires, and thoughts during the war.  There is a newspaper clipping from when the California Guard headed to France.  There are 2 letters from 1914, 13 from 1917, approx. 24 from 1918, and 11 from 1919.  The soldier was part of the RAINBOW DIVISION, which was formed in New York in August of 1917 as a way to get 27,000 troops to France quickly for World War I.  It was called the RAINBOW DIVISION because MacArthur said it would stretch across the US like a rainbow.   He was in the 117th Regiment, Company F Engineers.  

The young soldier was part of the American Expeditionary Forces.  He started working in the Mill Creek Plant in Redlands as a young man.  He was a blacksmith and would later do
 horseshoeing in the war.  He traveled to Camp Mills in New York where he wrote "there are 35,000 men here now which completes the Rainbow Division".  He also writes about how it was cold there in the mornings and they wouldn't let them wear their coats so they would get used to the cold weather that would be ahead.  There were 250 men in his regiment.  In September of 2017 he wrote that he was leaving for France any day.  He states "I am now a soldier for Uncle Sam".  As a sergeant in the army he would make $40 a month and they were allowed .43 cents a day for meals. 

Once he arrives in France his letters are addressed from "somewhere in France" and they are censored.  There are  many different stationary and envelopes in this lot from the YMCA and the Expeditionary Forces, and Liberty Loan Bonds, Knights of Columbus, Camp Mills, etc.  He writes "The people in the US can't imagine what we boys have to put up with.  I have had my taste of war and I am ready for peace".  He is making his mom a vase from a French shell. It came from the most famous gun in the war.  The bullet that came out of this shell may have killed a few Germans for all I know for it was shot that way".  He writes "I hiked all night the night of July 4th and it will be a fright that I will never forget".  

His travels take him through Navagues, Osprey, Chalendrey, L:angres, Neufmaison, badonviller, Champagne, Chalons, Chateau-Thierry, Belgium, Luxemburg, the Sauer River, etc.  He writes "If the Huns are not willing to come to President Wilson's terms then we will run them off the face of the earth".   He also writes "You must remember that we were in action most of the time since last February.  We were on the front all the time.  We have been on more fronts than any other American division.  Had most of the hard fighting so we deserve all the credit we can get".  

Such a RARE lot of treasured letters giving a small glimpse into the mind of a young man, a US Soldier, a hero. Available in my ebay listings. Click here to view.

A Rare Item Indeed


VERY RARE, antique (1907-1914), SPEEDWELL MOTOR COMPANY, Guilloche enamel, Gold Filled, key fob or pocket watch fob.  I have searched the internet high and low and I haven't found a single one of these ever having been available so I believe it to be a very rare item.  It is marked on the back and I believe it reads "Gold Filled".  The item is a Rose Gold color and it has guilloche enamel on the front in Green and also White enamel and it reads SPEEDWELL.  Guilloche enamel is where the metal is machine tooled before they pour the enamel.  You can see the wonderful machine tooling underneath the Green enameling.  This RARE beauty is available in my ebay listings. Click here to view.

The following is from Wikipedia in regards to the Speedwell Motor Co. 

The Speedwell Motor Car Company was an early United States automobile manufacturing company established by Pierce Davies Schenck that produced cars from 1907 to 1914. The company's factory rented space for the Wright Company to build its airplanes from February to November 1910 while the Wright Company built its own factory building in west Dayton.[1] The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 greatly damaged the Speedwell factory in Dayton's Edgemont neighborhood and its inventory, and the company entered receivership in 1915.  In 1911, Speedwell built a closed two-door, dubbed a sedan, which was the first recorded use of the term.[2] In England, another car was marketed under the Speedwell name from 1900 to 1908. Other than the name, the two companies are unrelated.