History making auction attracts 1000 bidders

25-04-2020 by admin

Cowra War Museum curator, Trevor Davidson, cranks the Model T Ford.It is only a matter of days until Cowra’s largest private collection auction gets underway this Saturday and Sunday.
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The Cowra War Museum will be auctioning off their rural, petrol, garage, motor vehicle, fire, tractors, steam engines and general collections to make space for an expanded rail and war collection.

With over 1000 registered bidders already and more expected to arrive on the days of the auction, accommodation in Cowra has been fully booked.

Cowra War Museum Curator, Trevor Davidson, said the more than 1800 lots in the auction could be sold for tens of thousands of dollars.

“A fair lot of the stuff still works and if it doesn’t work we try our hardest to get it to, all our steam gear works,” Trevor said.

“The steam traction machines will sell for tens of thousands, so will some of the enamel signs, old fuel pumps, oil cans and cigarette tins,” he said.

One item that has been gaining a significant amount of attention is the museum’s Model T Ford postal van, originally from Western Australia.

Trevor said the only thing the new owner would have to do to the van is get it registered at the RMS.

“While it’s fuel consumption is only 20 miles to the gallon and its max speed is 30mph (48kmh) nothing needs to be done to it, it’s fully restored and all you have to do is register it,” he said.

Other items Mr Davidson said are drawing attention, are a chariot used to carry 44 gallon drums and the museum’s hand forge, the only one of it’s kind in Australia.

“The hand forge is the only one of its kind in Australia, most of the hand forges that where brought here were gear driven, this one is belt driven, someone from the US may have brought it over with them during the gold rush.”

“The chariot has got some attention, one collector who inspected it said he had only ever seen three and that this one was in the best condition he had seen,” he said.

An inspection and registration for the auction will be held on Friday, May 20 from 10am – 4pm or from 8am days of the auction.

The auction days will be Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, starting from 9.30am.

The Museum will be closed for the auction and for eight days afterwards to facilitate the removal of some of the larger auctioned pieces, it reopens on June 1.

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