Miller & Miller to Hold An Online Advertising, Railroadiana & Historic Objects Auction, March 23-24



Part 1 contains railroad collectibles, bottles, pottery, stoneware and architectural items. Part 2 features railroad and architectural items, nautical and marine lots.

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New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, March 16, 2024 — A two-day, online-only auction comprising Parts 1 and 2 of the William Robert Wilson single-owner lifetime collection of Advertising, Railroadiana & Historic Objects is planned for Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th, by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg, Ontario. Start times both days will be 9 am Eastern time.

Part 1, on Saturday, March 23rd, will contain 451 lots of railroad collectibles, bottles, pottery, stoneware and architectural items. Part 2, the next day, will feature 511 lots of additional railroad and architectural items, plus nautical and marine lots. There will be no live bidding, but bidders can tune in to the live webcast on to watch lots close in real time.

“Bill Wilson curated one of Canada’s best collections of railroadiana to ever hit the market,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Nothing was held back, and collectors are stirring. Until now, only his closest friends knew what he had. Bill’s passion was railroad, but any object rich with historical meaning had a place in his collection. Session one on Saturday, focuses on breweriana, stoneware, general store signage and unique historic maker’s plaques.”

Mr. Miller continued, “Session two features Bill’s railroad spoils. It includes the most extensive collection of locomotive number plates ever offered at a single time. Each number plate is unique and is often the only remaining thread of a locomotive’s identity. This session also includes an extensive offering of railroad builder’s plates, railroad silver and china, station signs, lanterns, locks and bells. Other categories include stream gauges and steam whistles, nautical bells and whistles, machinery, bridge builder’s plates, and more. This is a historic, single-collector sale.”

Lot #767, on Day 2, is a brass Canadian National Locomotive number plate (6057), an 11 inch by 16 ¾ inch Mountain type plate from a famous locomotive built by the Montreal Motor Works in 1930. It traveled from Kamloops to Jasper on a Royal Train Ride in 1939. Included is a copy of Canadian National Magazine, with a cover relevant to the plate (est. $3,000-$5,000).

In-gallery previews will be held Wednesday thru Friday, March 20th-22nd, from 12 noon until 5 pm each day in the Miller & Miller showroom, at 59 Webster Street in New Hamburg, Ontario.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the auctions on March 23rd & 24th, visit