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Frank Finney carved and painted basset hound, $6,600

Frank Finney basset hound carving was top dog at Jeffrey S. Evans sale

Frank Finney carved and painted basset hound, $6,600
Frank Finney carved and painted basset hound, $6,600

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates March 2-4 Winter Americana Auction was a much-anticipated event that produced strong prices – along with a few surprises – in multiple categories. The three-day sale presented nearly 1,600 lots of diverse material that generated robust levels of participation. Bidding was intense throughout each day, with nearly 2,000 bidders participating in house, on the phones and online.

The 519-lot offering on March 2 sparked strong presale interest and produced strong results overall. The top lot was a large group of vintage and contemporary sports autographs and ephemera, which, after heated bidding online, finished at $6,600. Other noteworthy results from the Thursday session included a Buddy L Junior Line pressed-steel toy dump truck at $4,200; a large group of vintage and contemporary celebrity autographs and ephemera at $5,400; and a John F. Betz & Son, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pre-prohibition paper advertising sign or poster at $1,920.

Buddy L Junior Line toy dump truck, $4,200
Buddy L Junior Line toy dump truck, $4,200

Session II on March 3 featured 539 lots, with the top lot delivering the biggest surprise for the weekend in the form of a group of antique and vintage hatpins. The seemingly unassuming assemblage ultimately earned $3,900 from an online bidder. Other noteworthy results from the Friday session included a fine Western Pennsylvania six-gallon stoneware jar at $2,040; a Native American, probably Navajo, silver squash blossom necklace at $1,800; and a Cincinnati Victor Co. Luminaire funeral parlor fan at $1,560.

Western Pennsylvania stoneware jar, $2,040
Western Pennsylvania stoneware jar, $2,040

Session III on March 4 offered a 530-lot eclectic mix that was well-received, with numerous categories demonstrating signs of sustained energy. Saturday’s top lot, at $8,400, was a fine Maryland or Virginia Chippendale painted yellow pine corner cupboard that attracted the eyes of several collectors and ultimately sold to a determined phone bidder.

Maryland or Virginia Chippendale painted corner cupboard, $8,400
Maryland or Virginia Chippendale painted corner cupboard, $8,400

Other noteworthy results from the Saturday session included an outstanding Frank Finney (American, b. 1947-) carved and painted figure of a basset hound at $6,600; a Shenandoah Valley of Virginia painted yellow pine jelly cupboard at $5,100; and group of antique and vintage pocketknives at $3,900.

Shenandoah Valley of Virginia painted jelly cupboard, $5,100
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia painted jelly cupboard, $5,100

After the sale, company president and principal auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “This sale generated robust interest across the board, from autograph collectors to stoneware aficionados. The overall excitement and strong sales results reflect the freshness and quality of the merchandise offered.” Evans added, “We have an outstanding June Americana Auction lined up, which will feature some exciting folk art.”

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. For a schedule of upcoming sales or more information, please visit www.jeffreysevans.com, email info@jeffreysevans.com, or call 540-434-3939.

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