Cream of Wheat, a cereal first marketed in 1898, is still a popular winter breakfast cereal. At a recent auction, a cart sign showed an image of a box of cream of wheat and two children eating it from a bowl. The sign read: “Summer Favorite Served Cold with Fruit”.
Was the cream of wheat originally served cold? Most advertisements even today promote the use of hot, cooked cereal for a winter breakfast.
We searched the internet and cookbooks and none suggested that cold cream of wheat could be served for breakfast.
Did the company have an ad campaign promoting it? This sign could have been part of the advertisement.
The box is the one used in the 1930s, although the clothes look more like the 1940s. The carriage sign measures 12 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches, is made of heavy cardboard or paper, and is in good condition.
Someone is forced to buy it just for the memories of the cold lumpy breakfast. Or, maybe with lots of maple syrup or bacon, it was a favorite cold breakfast.
Q: I have a cane with a brass handle in the shape of a horse’s head. The head unscrews to make room for a small bottle sealed with a cork stopper. The rod shaft unscrews into three sections. What is the potential value?
Canes were not only used as a walking aid, but were also popular fashion accessories from the 1700s to the early 1900s.
Canes with special features or those that hide objects are called gadget canes. They were made for both men and women.
Canes have been made which conceal flasks, cameras, medicine, fans, guns, lighters, maps, perfume bottles, pool cues, sewing kits, snuff, instruments surgical, swords, telescopes, tools and other items. Head material, special features and condition determine the price.
Some gadget canes sell for several hundred dollars, others for less than $50. Horsehead gadget canes with concealed flasks have recently sold for between $40 and $90.
masonic pendantTemplar symbols, cross, crown, In Hoc Signo Vinces, 14k gold, square, black and red enamel, sphynx and sword connector, 1 1/4 inches, $490.
BagHermès, Vespa PM, stitched brown leather, chimney closure with gold metal chain and bar, inside open pocket, shoulder strap, 11 x 11 x 3 inches, $885.
Native American Indian Bowl, Ho-Chunk, wood, stylized bird shape, elongated neck and tail handles, Great Lakes, c. 1850, 3 x 11 x 5 inches, $2,500.
Point: An original stained clock face is more valuable than a new repainted face.