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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 20, 2018

Bldng. 41, Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Rochester MN.

Preview: 2:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 19, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day. This merchandise represents two estates and several lifetime collections.

 Note we will be in Bldng. 41 (not our usual place).

Click on Auction Galleries to view photos of much of this merchandise!

Friday night starting at 5:30: 5 compressors, drill press, pressure washer, floor jacks, grinders, sanders, torch assembly, electric tools, hand tools, wrenches, various diagnostic equipment & related from the former Goodman Automotive Garage; vintage copper foil stained glass table lamps; antique & vintage furniture & accessories.

Saturday Furniture: pre-Civil War American secretary bookcase w/ 6 glass paines per door; 19th cent. school desk from the Great Study Hall of Clongowes Wood College Jesuit Boarding School, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland, where James Joyce studied; 19th cent. single drawer stands in cherry, walnut & old paint; cupboards, incl. 2-door, step-back, jelly & pie safes; fine early blue painted step back cupboard; single drawer lift-top commode; step back painted cupboard w/ shelves & drawers over screened doors; Jenny Lind day bed; harvest table; round tavern table; 19th cent. plank seat Windsor chairs; early pcs., incl. painted grain bin w/ bracket feet, drop leaf table w/ drawer, chopping block; punched tin pie safe; primitive blanket chest; rope bed; painted hanging shelves; Victorian chests of drawers; Victorian bookcase w/ 2 glass doors over 2 drawers; oak secretary bookcase w/ curved glass; set of 6 painted continuous arm back saddle-seat chairs by contemp. New England maker; pr. Heywood Wakefield mid-century chairs, and more.

Saturday Miscellaneous: spectacular Luninaire stand-up fan w/ lights; stunning collection of firkins; early staved bucket; Kugel 27" in circumference; lifetime collection of 19th cent. enamelware in all colors; asst. signed prints (Gerald W. Putt, Peter Sculthorpe) & paintings, incl. floral still life oil on canvas by Gustav Ruschhoff (German, 1886-1947), landscape oil on canvas by Ionel Iacobescu (Romanian, 1903-1968); portrait miniature of Lady Mary Lennox (1760-1843) dated 1797; watches, incl. 19th cent. open face key wind Breguet pocket watch, quartz Peugeot #432 wristwatch, 21-jewel Lord Elgin 14K wristwatch;  personal library w/ emphasis on US & modern European history, incl. large selection of biographies of 19th-20th century politicians, royalty, artists, military figures, musicians, etc.; art books; classic literature; 19th cent. set of Waverly novels; German & Swedish language books; contemp. cameo glass vases & lamps; Orthodox St. Nicholas icon; pr. large 18th century Emperor Qianlong period Chinese ceramic vases picturing legendary scenes; 2 large sets of Haviland Limoges dinnerware; 1931 Royal Doulton Regency Coach jug; Lalique Dampierre vase; American & European sterling flatware & serving pcs.; 4-pc. 19th cent. Victorian tea & coffee service & other Victorian plateware; dolls & related, incl. examples by Kestner, Simon Halbig, Schoenau-Hofmeister, Alt-Beck-and-Gottschalk, Effanbee, Taft, George Borgfeldt; celluloid Bye Lo baby; 22” Sunshine Kid; 36” ABG child size doll; 24” ABG Sweet Nell; 15” Kiddie Joy; wicker doll carriage & parasol; child’s wicker & walnut rockers; Ansonia china clock; walnut kitchen clock; Weller squirrel wall pocket; and much more.

Auction arranged & conducted by John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Co., 22 - 3rd St. SW, Rochester, MN. 55902. Auctioneers: John Kruesel, Lowell Gilbertson & Michael Anderson. Descriptions are subject to error. 10% buyer’s premium on all purchases. Lunch by Omar's Kitchen & Catering, West Concord, MN.


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!