(517) 726-0181
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Vermontville, MI 49096

Museum Collection Auction, Saturday Morning, July 29th @ 9:30 A.M.

Museum Collection Auction, Saturday Morning, July 29th @ 9:30 A.M.

Stanton’s Auctioneers are pleased to announce that we will hold an auction of antiques currently owned by Michigan Gateway Foundation on July 29 at the Mathews Library Conference Center East on the campus of Southwestern Michigan College, 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, Michigan. The auction will consist of artifacts from the collection acquired by Southwestern Michigan College from 1968 to the early 2000s when it housed a local history museum. The items in the auction will be artifacts that have no local history connection or are duplicate items in the collection.

About 1,500 items will be in the auction. Several highlighted collections that will be in the auction are:

·         Collection of 800 Circus posters, programs and other circus ephemera donated to the college in the mid-1980s by Dr. Paul Fitzpatrick; Large collection of wood planes and other carpenter tools; Household items and tools; Civil War papers of Isaac McMillan of Company A, 75th Indiana Infantry; A Very rare Hand-carved walking cane from the Polk-Dallas Presidential campaign of 1844; Duplicate items from the Round Oak collection; Spinning wheels; Indian baskets, pottery and rugs, rare wood and iron fence sections, some furniture, and much being unpacked including Commemorative books from the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893 are some of the items to be sold.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the construction of a new Collections Storage Addition at the Dowagiac Area History Museum, which replaced Southwestern Michigan College’s local history museum in 2012 as the local history repository. The new storage addition will house the remaining 20,000 local history artifacts that document the history of Dowagiac and Cass County.

6-25 ADDED 300+ PHOTOS


7-21 ADDED 40+/- PHOTOS  -Chairs that were in the offices of the Beckwith Memorial Building, an historic Dowagiac building, built in 1893 and torn down in 1966 , Cast iron scale, Buffalo, c. 1912, Children’s sled, 1800s, Weathervane with rooster
Optometrist's traveling salesman's kit, c. 1910s-20s, Melodian piano, Hay rake, c. 1800s
Bentwood Butter Churn, Spinning wheel, One piece of parlor furniture set, c. 1860s, Shave horse (we have two of them for the auction), Royal typewriter, Toaster, Farm Journal from 1900-- we have 41 issues from that era, Early edition of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck 2nd printing of the 1st edition.

Online bidding on the first 100+ lots is now available at


NOTE: WATCH FOR UPDATES MONDAY 7/24 THRU WEDNESDAY 7/26. Items/photos will be added daily. 


7/25 - Added 50+/- photos

Southwestern Michigan College Campus, 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047