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Welcome to John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Company.



22 3rd Street Southwest
Rochester, MN. 55902-3019
Phone 507-289-8049
Fax 507-289-8602

Our normal business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, and other times by appointment. If you're traveling a long distance, contact us ahead of time to make sure we'll be open. The shop might close a day here and there during auction season.

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9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bldng. 35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Rochester MN.


Preview: 2:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day. We are offering art, antiques & collectibles from the private lifetime collection of the late Michael Dammen, longtime Rushford, MN., collector and dealer, and merchandise from two area estates. We will sell from two rings for much of the day. Take advantage of the preview time – there are a lot of small items to inspect!

View hundreds of photos here.

Online bidding is available with ProxiBid!

Works of Art (inventory): approx. 200 works of framed art -- oils, watercolors, pastels, etchings, block prints – incl. original paintings signed by American artists Walter Ufer (1876-1936), Carl W. Rawson (1884-1970), Homer Gordon Davisson (1866-1957), David Stirling (1887-1971), Alethea H. Platt (1861-1932), Morley Hicks (1877-1959), Robert Landry (1921-1991), Rupert Kilgore (1910-1971), Elmar S. Berge (1892-1956) & others; 2 signed prints by Jerry Ott (1947-  ); Victorian oils; original pastel Old Style beer advertising scene; limited edition bronze sculpture 63/100 entitled Stallion by Eli Hopkins;

Native American (inventory): pottery by L. Martinez, Loretto Yemez, Petra, Corina Ortiz, Rosy Mora, T.N. Zinao, D.D. Jemez, Agnes Woods & others; approx.. 150 pcs. of Nemadji pottery; baskets; small rugs; arrowheads.

Jewelry (inventory) & Watches (inventory): gold, silver, enamel, copper, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish & Mexican jewelry pcs.; 50+ gold rings w/ gemstones, pearls, cameos, etc.; gold necklaces, brooches & earrings; 100+ sterling rings, necklaces & brooches w/ turquoise, coral & jade; mid-century costume jewelry; hundreds of men’s wrist watches, incl. 100 in running condition, 30 in 10K, 14K, & 18K gold, makers such as Bulova, Glycine, Vacum, Girard Perregaux, Longines, Glashutte, Tissot, Juvenia, Gevril Cortland, Universal Geneva, Wittnauer, Eterna-matic, Hilton, Elgin, Omega, Helbros, Hamilton & others; Rolex Geneve GMT (copy), Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner wrist watch (copy), Rolex C. Busherer’s Lucerne pocket watch; watch chains & fobs; pen knives, buckle collection; money clips; gold scrap & more.

Musical (inventory): approx. 30 musical instruments, incl. guitars by Gibson, Martin, Stewart, Fender, Stella, Oahu & others; violins & bows; Russian balalaika & zither; clarinets; xylophone.

Pottery & Glass (inventory): pottery examples by Rookwood, Moorcroft, Weller, Roseville, Red Wing, Hull & others; art glass, incl. Murano Venetian, cameo, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Baccarat & 0

Photographica: framed photographic prints (several signed) by American photographers Roland W. Reed (1864-1934), Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), Ray Atkeson (1907-1990), F.J. Haynes (1853-1921), Alva L. Dorn (1911-1997), Stan Kershaw & others; large early photographic print by H.H. Bennett (1843-1908) of WI. Dells; early views of Yellowstone (incl. a c. 1903 photo journal), Mt. Rushmore & Glacier Park; several Glacier National Park photos by T.J. Hileman (1882-1945), women on burros at Gate to the Garden of the Gods; photo by Jack Sullivan of a 25’ phallic stone formation; 100+ stereo cards of winter, summer, Niagara Falls, WI. Dells, Yosemite, by E. & H.T. Anthony & Co., H.H. Bennett, I.T. Relling & Co.; several hundred 3x4, 4x5 & 5x7 glass negatives of houses, rivers & bluffs, people, boats & ships, patriotic, floods, Beaver Dam, WI., St. Ansgar, IA., State Line Depot, tornados, wagons, etc.; approx.. 3 doz. 1850’s-era cased daguerreotype portraits, incl. man w/ accordion & boy w/ dog; photos of 1960’s regional bands, incl. Satisfactions, Jimmy Kaye & the Coachmen; many vintage & Victorian original photos; single reflex cameras & accessories; Hasselblad camera;

Radios (photos & inventory) & Electronics (photos & inventory): approx.. 100 radios, tuner amps, turn tables, reel-to-reel, speakers, shortwave sets by National, Collins, Hallicrafters, Transoceanics, table- and floor-model radios, early D.C. & A.C. sets, transistor portables; shortwave sets by National, Hallicrafters, Zenith, etc.; turn tables by Sony, Fisher, Technics, Pioneer, Thorens & others; tuner/amps by Pioneer, Fisher, Harmon-Kardon, Sansui, Panasonic, Tanglewood, Scott, Eico & others; speakers by Altec, Lansing, Advent, Sansui, etc.; small portably TVs; reel-to-reels by Panasonic, Wollensack, Tandberg, TEAC; early Rochester police communications equipment by Motorola & Karrengineering; many cassette decks, VHS/DVD players by Panasonic, Toshiba, Pioneer, Sony, Fisher, GE, etc.

Miscellaneous: cork top table by Paul Frankl (1886-1958); pr. of brass candlesticks by Jessie M. Preston (1873-1942); 1825 land grant signed by John Quincy Adams; fine 19th cent. ladies garments; buttons; fountain pens; glass paperweights; hundreds of books, incl. reference, coffee table, world travel, westerns, outdoors, fishing, art, opera & many other topics; 1920's MN. State Medical Association book sets; 2 sets of sterling flatware; vintage set of Hepplewhite dining chairs; much, much more!


Lunch provided by Omar's Kitchen of West Concord, MN.


Auction arranged & conducted by John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Co., 22 - 3rd St. SW, Rochester, MN. 55902. Phone (507) 289-8049 or fax (507) 289-8602. Auctioneers: John Kruesel, Mike Anderson, Lowell Gilbertson, John Schultz, Isaac Schultz and John Schultz . Descriptions are subject to error. Not responsible for accidents. Statements made day of sale take precedence over printed material. Terms: Cash, Visa or Mastercard; no checks unless you are personally known to auction company -- checks must be accompanied with photo ID and current bank letter of reference stating purchasing limit (which becomes the property of the auction company). 10% buyer’s premium on all purchases. ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED DAY OF AUCTION.




Enter our antique lighting galleries by clicking on the
links in the menu on the left. We carry a wide
variety of antique lighting, including:
Art Nouveau era electric ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps;
Victorian gas ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps,
Art Nouveau era gas-and-electric ceiling
fixtures and sconces;
and Victorian kerosene ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps.

Our storefront, the 1874 Williams Building, on historic Third Street Southwest, Rochester, MN.

We carry a general line of antiques, specializing in lighting, estate jewelry, historic documents and photos, and "the unusual." We provide appraisals, marketing advice, a complete auction/estate sale service and consultation on historic lighting restoration projects.

We'd like to hear from you!