Asian textiles surprise bidders at Jeffrey S. Evans auction

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One of the five Chinese and Japanese textile panels that sold as a single lot for $16,380. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ 2019 Summer Americana and Variety Auction, Aug. 23-24, was a highly successful event and produced strong prices and a few surprises in multiple categories. The two-day event consisted of 1,595 lots of diverse material that generated tremendous levels of participation for the firm, a strong indication of vigor in varied segments of the marketplace. Bidding was intense throughout each day with over 5,000 registered bidders from 26 countries participating in house and online. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

Session I on Friday featured part one of the lighting collection of Fil (John) and Robbie Graff of St. Thomas, Pa.; the lantern collection of the late William C. Brinker, New Brunswick, N.J.; textiles deaccessioned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Mount Vernon, Va.; and costumes deaccessioned by the Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, N.Y.

All items were well received, with most examples greatly exceeding expectations. The 529-lot offering on Friday sparked significant presale interest and produced strong results overall. Top lot from Friday, and the weekend’s biggest surprise, was a group of Chinese/Japanese textiles (above), which, after heated bidding, garnered $16,380. All prices include a 17 percent buyer’s premium.

Other noteworthy results from the Friday session include a cast bronze cornucopia/griffin kerosene student lamp (below) at $2,808, a free-blown, acid-etched and frosted glass lamp shade at $1,404 and a group of four $1 U.S. gold coins at $1,287.

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Cast-bronze student lamp fitted with a period ‘B&H/Duplex’ burner, 20½in. high. Price realized: $2,808. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Session II on Saturday consisted of the firm’s usual diverse selection of antiques and collectibles, including  the Civil War collection of the late John Rodgers of Annandale, Va.; material from the Fritz and Loretta Orebaugh estate, New Market, Va.; a Page County, Va., estate collection; historic property descended in the Clopper-Hutton family of Montgomery County, Md.; property from the estate collection of Dan and Doris Chrisman, Roanoke, Va.; and selections from the private collection of Phylis Salak, Fairfax, Va.

Saturday’s session produced strong results with numerous categories demonstrating signs of renewed interest. A rare Edison Fireside combination type phonograph turned $3,042 (Lot 1690); and a Dr. Daniels’ Veterinary Medicines store cabinet finished at $2,691.

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Dr. Daniels’ Veterinary Medicines store cabinet with a lithographed and embossed tin panel insert. Price realized $2,691. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

An important group of archival material related to George M. Neese (New Market, Va.) was among the notable surprises. Saturday’s top lot at $11,115, the treasure trove of documents, including Neese’s original manuscript for Three Years in the Confederate Horse Artillery, sparked a tremendous amount of interest and was purchased after heated bidding by an institution.

The Rodgers’ Civil War collection also performed well Saturday, highlighted by a fine ambrotype of two Confederate soldiers, likely brothers, at $4,095; an unrecorded Southern railway Confederate Veterans reunion poster at $3,159 (Lot 1405); and a rare 1913 Gettysburg Civil War reunion badge and ribbon at $2,808 (Lot 1406).

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Civil War ambrotype of Confederate soldiers, 3¼in. x 2¾in. image. Price realized: $4,095. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Another noteworthy result from the Saturday session was a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray that sold postsale for $10,000.

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1973 Chevrolet Corvette in excellent garage-kept condition, with matching serial numbers, 66,800 original miles. Price realized: $10,000. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

After the sale, company president and auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “This sale generated robust interest across the board, from bidders near and far. The overall excitement and strong sales results reflect the freshness and quality of the merchandise offered. In addition, the auction was 99.9 percent unreserved, so the results are a true and honest gauge of the current market.” Evans added, “We are already assembling some exciting material for the February Variety Auction, so the winter sale should be another great event.”

For details contact Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates at or call 540-434-3939.