Mha Auction A Walk Through Time


To walk into the Mogollon Health Alliance office at the end of May is to pick one's way through halls filled with antique oak chairs, beaded purses, a pair of alligator-toed cowboy boots and hat boxes set one inside the other.

Not to mention, a charming, small canvas and leather satchel that has seen its share of travels.


Mogollon Health Alliance Director Judy Baker said the MHA's annual auction will feature two or three cowboy lots and one lot for cowgirls. The public can preview the 200 auction lots beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

"One of the cool items I found for MHA's annual auction is a 1950s bar print from Budweiser of Custer's Last Stand," said Judy Baker, director of MHA.

She found the print while helping a friend get ready for an estate sale. It was covering a garage window to help keep out the weather.

"They were going to throw the poster out and I said ‘No! No!'," Baker said.

The print has been cleaned three times and is hanging in a wooden frame made of a broken fence from a ranch in Montana (the state where the ill-fated general took his last stand).

Baker estimates the framed print is worth between $250 and $500.

The original oil painting is at Custer's memorial.

Spode dishes, Haviland china and Lindt china, made in Japan, are all on the auction block June 9.

"We have an amber glass, hand-painted Czechoslovakian punch bowl with glass lid, ladle and at least a dozen glasses on a tray," Baker said.

Need a rooster that doesn't crow? An approximately 4-by-4-foot stained glass rooster in a window will be auctioned.

There will be two or three cowboy lots and one lot for cowgirls.

There are antique Pendleton trade blankets with marks that show how many beaver pelts they are worth.

Presidential collectibles and a vintage sewing machine make up two other lots.

"We probably got eight lots of jewelry -- gold, silver, vintage," Baker said.

There is a marble-and-silver art deco cigarette lighter stand that might have had its place in dad's drawing room in the 1920s.

A parlor furniture piece from an earlier age may cause a stir as the auctioneer calls for bids. Two separate horsehair fabric chairs sit together to make one courting bench, in which the woman and her suitor would have faced opposite one another, with the chair arm separating them.

Three Indian blankets that are in good condition, but need to be cleaned, will go on the block.

One is a rare, two-faced saddle blanket, woven with commercial and native thread from the 1970s. One is a Chinle and the third is a gray and blue 1940s Red Mesa-type Navajo blanket.

Someone donated a West Point uniform from the 1940s, complete with caped greatcoat and dress hat.

"There is no red feather plume, because the feathers had to be turned in after graduation," Baker said.

The public can preview the 200 auction lots, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the parking lot at the Mogollon Health Alliance office at 308 E. Aero Drive in Payson. The auction begins at 9 a.m.

The food concession will be provided by MHA's Pink Ladies.

All money raised from the auction will go toward MHA's many programs in Rim Country, including the new kidney dialysis center slated to open later this summer.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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