Description

    Uncle Sam Hanging Hitler: Original Store Display Card of Mechanical Buttons. You pull the lever at 9:00, and Uncle Sam pulls a rope hanging "Der Fuhrer" on this classic 1¾" litho tin button from World War II. Included here are ten buttons in great condition, on an 11" x 13" cardboard store display, which is in very good shape with slight aging. Also present is the original brown paper envelope in which the card was distributed, which proclaims it "The greatest novelty item of the year/ a big profit item/ fast seller/ a 'demand' item"!

    We cannot resist relating an anecdote, an experience which taught us a bit of humility. In the early 1990s we visited a general antiques show, where a dealer was offering one of these mechanical buttons at a price of $125. Not expecting to be able to purchase it, we thought we would offer a little helpful advice, and informed the dealer that we were nationally recognized auctioneers who typically handled several examples of this button each year, and that they routinely sold in the $50 - $60 price range. The dealer's response: "Thank you very much for your input. However, I had three of these buttons, and I have been putting them out for $125. The first two have sold. Perhaps you need some new customers!" Whether one considers this a $50 button or $125 one, this display card is a great World War II collectible!


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Miscellaneous Collectibles, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 865

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 June 9 The Glen Swanson Collection of Indian War Relics, Including Little Big Horn Legends of the West - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,738,994