MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates March 2-5 Winter Americana Auction produced strong prices along with a few surprises in multiple categories. The four-day event consisted of more than 2,400 lots that generated robust levels of participation for the auction house. It was the strongest Winter Americana Auction for the firm to date.
The 616-lot offering in Session I, which took place on Wednesday, March 2, sparked strong presale interest and posted good results overall. Top lot of the day was a group of Pettigrew Family (Botetourt County, Virginia) archival material. The large miscellaneous grouping of manuscripts and other documents sold for $7,290. Also selling well in the Wednesday session were a 17-volume autographed set of the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, which realized $6,075; a limited edition set of the writings of Thomas Jefferson, which rose to $3,645; and a group of early photographic images, including daguerreotypes, which settled at $1,701.
Session II, held on Thursday, March 3, featured the Eleanor V. Lakin important collection of folk art dolls and accoutrements, including many of the pieces illustrated in her book, Folk Art For Children: Handmade in America 1760-1940. Top lot among the 552 offered on March 3 was an American folk art paint-decorated cloth doll by noted maker Izannah Walker (American, 1817-1888). The doll, which included provenance in the form of a late 19th-century ink-inscribed exhibition label, drew significant presale interest and sold for $14,580 to an online bidder.
Head-turning results from the March 3 session also included a Staffordshire transferware Medallion Portrait Series ceramic vegetable dish that realized $10,327; an early Pennsylvania folk art cloth doll with Philadelphia ownership history, which went for $3,280; and a 19th-century American, possibly New England, folk art painted Fashion Lady cloth doll that sold for $3,159.
Session III, held on Friday, March 4, showcased 619 lots, led by a Baird Chicago-Era Coca-Cola advertising store clock that attracted several collectors and ultimately sold to a determined online bidder against the floor for $17,010. Other noteworthy results from the March 4 session included a pair of early Steiff teddy bears that realized $6,682; an American long distance telephone case in cherry that went for $5,163; and an original Coca-Cola advertising ceramic counter-top fountain syrup dispenser that sold for $5,163.
Session IV, which took place Saturday, March 5, contained 617 lots. The day’s big winner was a hand-sewn silk Civil War-era 11-star Confederate Bible/parade flag that was claimed by a phone bidder for $17,010. Additional impressive results from the March 5 session included another Civil War-era hand-sewn silk Confederate Bible flag that sold for $12,150 and an unusual pair of figural cast-iron goose andirons that achieved $10,935.
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