LRB’s! – Sullivan Auctioneers – The Jim & Linda Baier Collection

Boy would I like to be in this room...

Received a really interesting Auction poster from Sullivan Auctioneers. Have not heard of these folks. A little research shows a lot of farm equipment and land sale auctions. BUT…. look at all these really GREAT lightning rod balls, pendents and vanes. WOW! Now we are talking! From their Auction Listing

Outstanding Antique & Collectible Auction

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Selling an extremely impressive, very large collection of weather vanes, lightning rods, lightning balls and finials. Also selling advertising signs, guns, vintage Coke machine and many other neat & unusual items. Complete collection being moved from Ft. Madison, IA to Sullivan Auction Site, Hwy. 136 East, Hamilton, IL for this sit-down style catalogued auction.
 Live internet bidding will be offered!
 The “Baier” Collection, 
Jim & Linda Baier – Sellers.


Fantastic offering of weathervanes to include: Several styles and sizes of cows; several styles and sizes of pigs; several styles and sizes of trotting, prancing, walking and circus horses; other weathervanes such as antique cars, sheep, chickens, donkey, corn and others. Hundreds of lightning rod glass balls including various Mercury in numerous colors, also cobalt and other blue colors, sun color Amethyst SCA, amber, milk glass, ruby red, white, red, other various shades; nice selection of hanging tear drop pendant style glass balls with colors such as cobalt blue, gold Mercury, red, silver Mercury, blue milk glass and others (some of these appear to be NOS); other weathervanes with colored glass inserts, many of which have advertising such as Black Swan Co., Barnett, Kretzer, Miller, James, Electra, other glass inserted kite tails such as red hearts and balls, shooting stars, yellow slag, ball and arrow and many, many others; other lightning rod related items will include SCA sharp pleat pumpkin 5″ ball, SCA sharp pleat 5 1/2″ ball, chestnut balls, caramel slag doorknob ball, green milk glass ball, amber & clear green ribbed grape 4 1/2″ ball, Barnett 4 1/2″ balls in green and cobalt colors, ribbed grape ball, Barnett “round ribbed” blue balls, SCA raised quilt and sharp pleat balls, flat quilt Mercury balls in several colors, D&S balls in slag, cobalt blue, silver, gold and amber mercury, other milk glass swirl balls in white and blue, several Hawkeye lightning balls; large quantity of other related items such as finials, lightning rod stands, brackets, related advertising signs, etc.

Orange Milk Glass

Stack of Orange Milk Glass balls on a vane

Room of Vanes

A number of gorgeous weathervanes adorned with various lightning rod balls

Two Yellow Amber Balls

Yellow amber Shinn and Barnett Pleated Round balls

Flat Quilts

Great looking Thompson Flat Quilts stacked high

Two Cole Swirls

Two Cole Swirls with a Flat Quilt. Look at those arrows!


Ouch - amazing

Ribbed Grapes

Three National Ribbed Grapes

Figural Corn and Raised Quilt

Figural corn vane and Raised Quilt LRB

Hawkeye Accessories

What a display of Hawkeye accessories

Diddle Blitzen

National Lightning Rod products - Look at those Diddle Blitzens on top row

Ruby Red balls

Stack of great looking Ruby Red balls

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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